Before leaving for Squam I revved up the sewing machine and made myself a few new tops. I have been on a bit of a losing streak with my handmade attempts lately- a Scout tee that was way too short and totally unflattering, and a sweater that might very well get ripped out and re-purposed. I’m happy to announce that with the Basics Tank and Alice Top I successfully overcame my slump. In fact, these might be two of my most favorite handmade tops to date.
While at Squam, Kellen, Felicia and I took a little drive through the beautiful countryside trying to find the perfect backdrop where we could photograph some of our handmade wardrobe. This weathered gray barn was pretty much the most perfect backdrop ever. If there had been a way to tow it home behind my car, believe me I would have. I need a weathered barn in my life!
I didn’t alter the Alice Top at all, and it fits perfectly. I was a bit nervous about the shoulders- I was concerned they might stick out oddly and end up looking like shoulder pads. I didn’t use interfacing, and I think this is key to allowing the shoulders to drape nicely. When I make my next Alice I might drop the neckline slightly- it is a bit high for my liking. Other than that- this is an amazing top and an extremely well written pattern, though it was challenging for a seamstress of my level. The fabric I used is from Nani Iro’s Spring 2015 line of double gauze. The Basics Tank, on the other hand, is a very simple pattern which easily allows you to lengthen the tank. I added an extra two inches to the tank, and I am really happy with the length. I am in love with the Kokochi Double Gauze that I used…it is a dream to wear. If you are looking for some fun summer sewing, I’d highly recommend these two! Now tell me….what’s currently on your sewing table?