Then Spring. Ah, Spring. You've given me back my sewing mojo. And just in time to work up some new summer duds!
I've had the privilege of testing a few new patterns these last few weeks so I am wanting to share and get some reviews out there for anyone wanting more info. The one I am most excited about undoubtedly is the newly released Lakeshore Tank by 5 Out Of 4 patterns (affiliate).
Size: Small, Maternity
Options: Higher Neckline, Crossed back straps, banded bottom, C/D bust line, Removable cups
Fabric: I got these swim knit coordinates at a going-out-of-business sale last year, so it is no longer available. You can find some cool swim knits at The Fabric Fairy, though!
The Lakeshore Tank is packed with features and options. It has a built-in shelf bra and instructions on how to do sew-in or removable cups for shaping and support. There are also measurements to help you cut on the correct bust line, which is so helpful! I ended up cutting on the C/D bust line, and using the removable cup option in tandem with a layer of power mesh, so the tank has enough support sans bra. This particular tank I made is done in swim knit, so I'm looking forward to wearing it at the lake this summer!
Some other features and options included are several different strap configurations (I did cross straps for extra support), banded/ruched/hemmed bottom, high or low neckline and even a nursing mod! Best of all, it looks so professional when finished.
So, DON'T BE SCARED! I was intimidated by the thought of creating a built-in bra, or banding and straps...but the instructions and construction are so well laid out in this pattern. I was really amazed by the quality and fit of the end product! There were a few firsts for me here, but sometimes it's best to just jump in and try something new. That is how I've learned so many new sewing techniques over the last few years. Try a new pattern and learn a new technique! And of course, always look up the Facebook group of the designer you're trying out for a helpful and enthusiastic community to connect with. I can't emphasize how much that has helped me in all my sewing endeavors.
Thanks for stopping by!