Love this tank! Perfection all around.
- Two pattern pieces
- Easy to sew
- Nice shapes in the neckline and racer back
The easy-to-sew is in part due to the neckline and armscye treatment. Instead of adding a binding the raw edges are simply turned under 1/2 inch. The edges are turned under once and topstitched with a zigzag or a coverstitch or they can be turned under twice for a narrower finish. Does this work, you might ask? Yes indeed, it works very well and it is a finish I have used often in my sewing life with great success. Usually the knits I do this with have some lycra content or are stable knits but it works well enough on lighter weight rayon knits or a non lycra cotton jersey like the one in the photo.
The bottom hem is sewn along the stretch of the fabric can a little tricky with a knit that doesn't have the best recovery. The edge can stretch out quite a bit so I used the "crowding" technique where a finger is placed right behind the presser foot while sewing which makes the fabric bunch up between the finger and the presser foot. When there is a pile of fabric bunched up, release that fabric and put the finger back for some more crowding. I also had to do some steaming with my iron and reshaping of the hem.
Who is that headless sewing room helper? There is a hint in my previous post. More about her later. Today it's all about the What You Love Tank.