This story starts with the fabric. I bought this fabric back in April, as part of my floral fabric shopping spree. This is finally the last make from that haul. It’s a rayon challis print that was on sale for half off. When I saw this fabric in the store, I immediately thought of my mom. She tends to like well-fitting girly clothes with simple shapes, frequently with floral prints or polka dots. Since the fabric made me think of my mom, I snatched it up immediately without a pattern in mind.
Once I got home with one yard of fabric, I decided I wanted to make either a scarf or a shirt. I perused my pattern stash, and decided to go with the tank top in NewLook 0116. This has turned out to be a great pattern for me. It looks like it may be out of print now. I’ve made the skirt twice before, and the tank once. Unfortunately, when I made the tank before, the armsycles turned out a little tight. To prevent that this time, I redrew the armsycles and cut the whole pattern slightly larger to leave more room to play with in the seam allowances.
In terms of construction, I sewed most of the seams on my serger. For the armholes and neckline I used self-bias binding. I contemplated using store-bought bias binding, but decided it might be a little itchy and I wanted a really nice finish since I knew this was going to be a gift. Other than that, there are no notions on this pattern. It’s really a simple tank with just a big of gathering on the neckline.
My mom and I are just about the same size, so it is fairly simple to make clothes for her without having to worry too much about the fit. I gave my mom the shirt for Mother’s Day. She wore it the next day out to brunch. I think that means she likes it!
Pattern: NewLook 0116 in size 4
Fabric: 1 yard of floral rayon challis from Joann Fabrics
Cost: $5.00 fabric = $5.00
Time: 4 hours