Happy Summer lovelies!
It’s officially Summer! (At least in the northern hemisphere). So I am busily building my summer wardrobe with florals, funky prints, and lots and lots of COLOR! Each summer wardrobe needs some basic wardrobe builders and this tank perfectly fits the bill.
I used the Patterns for Pirates Essential tank pattern in the tunic version and this incredible Art Gallery Floral Knit Fabric* gifted from The Confident Stitch*. AND Well Sewn Style readers are getting free shipping from The Confident Stitch* with offer code wellsewn! What I love about these boutique fabric stores is that you know all the product they carry are going to be of good quality. So often when ordering online from bigger box stores you just don’t know what you are going to get. But when the store is owned and operated by those who sew their own garments you know you’re going to get a top-notch product.
I styled my Essential tank with Bauble Bar Crispin Drops*, my Levi’s jeans that I tailored into skinny jeans, a random yellow sweater I found in my mom’s closet (it’s cold at the beach in May!), a red fringe purse (similar fringe purse here*) and my new favorite sandals, the Sam Edelman Sheri Sandal *. What I love about my fabric pick is that because it has so many different colors going on you can mix and match it with a variety of colors for countless spring and summer looks.
I was really impressed with this pattern and I think I’ll be using a lot more P4P patterns in the future. I love that this pattern company uses layers and no trim pages meaning you simply select the sizes you want to see (instead of all the sizes), print and tape. No cutting required! I had the pattern assembled in 10 minutes-what a breeze!
The fabric I used, as mentioned, was gifted from the Confident Stitch. Art Gallery brand knits create absolutely gorgeous finished garments but they can be a bit fussy to work with. They shrink A LOT so make sure to wash and dry your knit fabric before sewing. They also roll like crazy. I use a spray starch and a dry iron (no steam!!) on high heat, give it a good press and put pattern weights on top of the rolling fabric to keep everything flat. This doesn’t fix the rolling 100% but it definitely helps.
The Patterns for Pirates Essential Tank is definitely beginner-friendly. The only tricky part are the bindings, especially if you’ve never done them before. So I’ve put together this handy tutorial. These bindings are slightly larger than advised in this pattern (the width of the binding is personal preference). I attempted the method in the pattern (lots of pressing) and with this Art Gallery knit it didn’t hold the press very well, as soon as I started to work the binding into the garment the press came out, so I used a marker instead. Check it out!
Happy sewing and styling,
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