Hunter Tank and a Project Bag
Posted on Monday the 22nd January 2018 by Milly Noel
Hello my dears,
When I saw this knitting sheep Fabric I had. to. have. it! I was originally planning on making a couple knitting project bags with it. But then I realized I had just enough fabric to squeeze a Hunter Tank out of it. How could I resist?
The Hunter Tank is a bias cut, woven fabric top with a tie front and was designed by Jennifer Lauren Handmade. I sewed up a size 12. I have had a ton of success with Jennifer’s patterns. She drafts her pattern to a D-cup rather than the standard B-cup like most pattern companies. I have never had to do a FBA on her designs. Since I do have a fuller bust, 9 times out of 10 I have to make some sort of adjustment to the bust. It is refreshing to sew some patterns that fit straight out of the envelope!
I know that I will be wearing this tank constantly in the summer. It isn’t weather appropriate at the moment considering we have just had our third big snow storm of the season! While I enjoy wearing it with a cardigan, I want to be able to show it off in its entirety. I plan to pair it with high waisted shorts and pencil skirts.
Although this fabric is a quilting cotton, it is quite soft and has more drape than most quilting cottons I have worked with. Making bias binding was slightly tricky but I think that was more due to user error than anything wrong with the fabric. The bias binding was pretty narrow and a bit fiddly. Normally I use a bias maker when I make my own bias binding, but I didn't have the right size. It all worked out nicely enough in the end!
I cannot tell you how happy this bag makes me! It is cute and rather kitschy, but I think it is absolutely perfect. I didn’t use a pattern, but came up with my own design instead. The bag isn’t too big which makes it ideal for socks and other small knitting projects. I boxed out the bottom corners to keep it roomy, and interfaced it with a medium weight fusible interfacing to make it sturdier.
I haven’t decided whether I like zipper or drawstring bags better for knitting projects. There are pros and cons to each. With a zipper there is always the risk that beautiful yarn can snag on the zipper teeth. But the drawstring variation does have long tails that dangle down and can get caught on things. I have some of each type and use them equally. However, I prefer the zipper on this particular bag since it enables a clear view of the adorable fabric!!
I decided last minute to add the little pocket on the outside. I cut one of the knitting sheep out of scraps left over from the tank, ironed under the edges, and stitched it to the project bag. A bit of the bag fabric was used for the pocket flap, and a plastic snap from my stash as a closure finished it off nicely. Doesn’t it make the bag absolutely perfect? I can pop stitch markers, progress keepers, cable needles, or candy in it. The snap will keep everything secure and I won’t have to worry about losing anything important. I'm pretty sure I want to add one to all my project bags from now on!