Wasn’t intending to sew a 3rd tank right now. It’s too close to fall to be sewing summer things. But I had just done a good job straightening my fabric when this red stripe decided to be a nuisance again.
I bought this knit on-line and was disappointed when it arrived. It was advertised as a rayon knit. Which it was but the knit was so thin. What’s up with that? The last few years I’ve stopped buying “sweater knits” because they are aren’t going to make anyone sweat. Transparent sweater knits for heaven’s sake. The white stripe of this knit is almost that bad. Anything dark (know of any darker body spots on the upper body?) are going to show. In addition to that, there were two worn spots like this:
I didn’t ask for a refund. I figured there was enough for a tank top and as insubstantial as the fabric was, I wouldn’t be using it for winter wear. I folded and put it in my stash. Where it, like the fabric of the previous TRTank, rolled about causing me endless work just keeping it out of the jaws of the Roomba.
Finally I had enough and decided another Tank, even this late in the season, would be welcome. I hung it on a hanger intending to work on it in a day or so. That’s when I realized how slippery it was. It would not stay on the hanger for more than a few minutes. I started spray starching it. Which helped with the hanging. I took longer than expected to start sewing with it. So everytime I had to get into the closet, I pulled it out and spray starched again. Must have starched it 4-5 times. Even then it was a bear to lay out and cut.
I have noticed a few cowl neck tops coming across my Pinterest feed and in RTW. They make me drool. I like a good looking cowl. So why was it that I couldn’t find a cowl in my pattern stash? Finally realized that my Fit For Art Clever Crossings variation had a cowl for the surplice and the Neckline variations had both a shallow and deep drape neckline. I compared the drape neckline to my T front. The deep Drape neckline is 2″ wider at CF and about 6″ taller. Thinking this could make a nice looking drape, I opted to use the deep drape.
Why I didn’t morph the pattern piece into a full instead of half piece, well it’s beyond me. I used the full back with neckline darts but the front I opted to lay out, cut one side, the flip and cut the other. That’s when I discovered that in addition it’s other faults, the grain is skewed. I don’t want to hear about how knits don’t have a grain. I’m telling you that the fabric was twisted and skewed and I had a heck of a time cutting the front and keeping the stripes horizontal. Ditto for the back. At this point, I hoped I would be sewing a wearable muslin.
Hurrah! I like the cowl! It would be OK for it to be a little deeper but this is attractive and modest, two things the FitForArt patterns do very well. It is obvious that FFA patterns are not drafted for Hollywood stars or others who feel they must reveal all. I do wish I had used an extended shoulder. For a long time I’ve loved the balanced shoulder-with-hip silhouette. Between 120 and up to my current weight, this is the silhouette that makes me the most satisfied with my body.
I’ve really become enamoured with stripes ever since I realized they don’t have to match! Stripes can be turned in different directions! I cut the sides cross grain.
It’s like a little surprise. Plus I didn’t have to worry about exactly matching stripes. I did try to roughly match but the way this fabric was skewed, I didn’t hope for success. When cutting the back it skewed so greatly, I thought this top would be a wadder. Dead before it was even hemmed. Imagine my relief:
This back view is where I would really appreciate the shoulders being balanced with the hips.
One of my continuing complaints with on-line fabric shopping is the lack of weight descriptions. Oh they say light, medium etc. Or transparent/translucent. I think sometimes, as in buying this rayon knit, that I’ve had enough experience with the particular fiber/weave that I can confidently purchase. Truth is, I’m missing critical info. Had I known how light and squirmy this fabric is, I would not have purchased. If I get another like it, I’m going to bin it immediately.