Hi Everyone! This is Lara from Handmade by Lara Liz back for my first post as part of the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. I’m here today to gush about some beautiful fabrics and how using beautiful fabric really elevates those staple patterns in your sewing wheelhouse.
I am someone who loves to wear basically the same thing every day. You can pretty much find me almost every day in a sleeveless top, cardigan and a pair of pants for work or a pair of jeans on the weekend. Because of that, I always try to find the best sleeveless tank top patterns that work in woven fabrics to fill that part of my wardrobe.
For me, that pattern is the Silk Cami from Sew Over It. It is a PDF only pattern, but any of these tips could be used for your favorite tank top pattern. Some of my other favorites include the Willow Tank from Grainline Studios, Ultimate Shift Dress Top from Sew Over It, Scout Tee from Grainline Studios and Laurel Top from Colette [I sewed this up as one of my guest posts on the Minerva Crafts Blog here!].
Fabric choice makes these simple patterns really shine. Choosing fun fabrics also make deciding to make the pattern over and over again so easy! These tops can look more dressed up or dressed down based on the fabric you choose! A sophisticated work top? Choose a beautiful crepe like this Floral Crepe Fabric I used. A casual weekend top? Use a fun chambray like this flamingo Chambray Fabric!
The Floral Crepe used in this project is so stunning. I now want to make so many more garments in it. It also washed up beautifully. I washed it prior to sewing but did not dry it and just hung it up to dry. It doesn’t wrinkle and is very easy to sew. It does not have much give to it though – and because of that, I sized up from my normal size in this pattern to account for that.
I have my eye on some of the other crepe’s by this designer too now – look how beautiful they are!
I also love to use a fun bias tape on the inside instead of facings. I think facings, while easy to sew, are really finicky and tend not to wear well. I prefer pre-made bias tape and tend to pick floral bias tape in a coordinating color like this floral bias tape.
On this tank, I used bias tape on the neckband, armholes and the hem line. I find that for tops with curved hems, using bias tape instead of trying to manually fold under the hem makes it a lot easier. I also love how it looks on the inside of the garment. Bias tape + french seams makes for a beautiful garment!
I’d love to hear about your favorite “staple” woven top patterns. What patterns are your favorite? How do you like to finish the neckline and hems? Do you like facings or bias tape? I’d love to hear from you on Instagram or on my blog! Thanks for stopping by today!