It’s that time of year again when a new Fibremood magazine is out and I got the opportunity to sew up a pattern of my choosing from it ahead of the launch which is today. So say hello to the Fibremood Zita tank with my little addition of some creative flair with braid.
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I wanted a pretty simple project so I chose the Zita pattern which is a summer tank that can be a crop top a hip-length stop a tunic address, in fact, any length that you like. What I love about the design is the scoop neck echoed by an even deeper scooped back for an easy-breezy vibe. I love that It has bust darts and the flat binding finish around the neck and armholes makes for a lovely neat finish.
In my cotton dobby fabric (from Clothspot and a leftover piece from this top) I cut out a size 38 and the only alterations I did were to raise the back neckline scoop by a half-inch so that it covered my bra band and I adjusted the shoulder line for my forward rolling shoulders.
So first of all I stitched up the shoulders and darts and then I did all of the lovely flat bias facing to the neck and armhole edges…and that’s where the fun began…
So you know I said I wanted a simple project? Well, when is anything simple when I get my hands on a new make … lol! I decided to get creative and apply some different shades of Soutache braid. It’s something that I’ve tried before and knew I enjoyed doing (see this dress here). I ordered some warm orange colours, some gold tone and some pink from eBay and then I got to work.
I played around with a few designs and ended up enjoying the way that some random wavy lines looked. I started with the first gold-tone braid ( which also goes over the shoulders and around the back neckline) and then added each of the other colours one at a time to make sure that the lines looked pleasing to my eye and related nicely to one another. I drew faint pencil lines for each wavy line so that I could follow it as I applied it. It was actually quite easy to apply by sewing through the middle groove of the braids. Ooh, by the way, I did pre-wash the braids to make sure they didn’t shrink after sewing them onto the garment.
Once all the braid was attached I stitched up the side seams and finished off by stitching up the hem…
I’m really happy with how my Zita Tank turned out and can’t wait to wear it on holiday very soon.
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