For my 2017 sewing challenge, I am exploring garment sewing. After January’s Linden sweatshirt, I decided I wanted to build upon my skills in a more solid way. I didn’t want to sew up patterns, potentially struggle with fit and then be done. I wanted to fully dive into the subject. (Anyone else like this!?!) Starting in the middle of February, I found a garment sewing instructor through the American Sewing Guild and began taking personal lessons. From my very first lesson, I have greatly expanded my skill set and have a better garment sewing foundation. With my studies and the adventure of Quilt Con, I missed February’s garment but I will make it 12 garments this year.
For March, I’m so excited to share my Springfield Tank Top. This Cashmerette pattern is designed for plus sized women and comes with full bust adjustments built into the pattern. I made a muslin last year out of double gauze but without my new garment sewing knowledge. While it fits, I knew it needed a few tweaks. After changing to a larger bust size and reducing the shoulders slightly, this new version is my favorite tank top yet!
I posted a picture of me sewing on the sleeve binding and someone noted I have been hoarding this fabric for a long time. The answer is absolutely yes. I wanted to use my “precious” alternate garment substrates once I had better garment making skills. It still pains me a bit to cut into the fabrics because my body shape is also changing. However, I’m doing it! We can always buy more fabric and I want to love what I am wearing right now. Every time I wear this gorgeous buttery yellow (long out of print Little Folks voile from Anna Maria Horner), I smile and think of the beauty of hand made, the ingenuity of great fabric design and knowing that something fits my body.