Top it OFF


I wanted to make some new “going out pants” for the trip so that I could   mix +match with pretty  tops.  These Burda Style pants from 2/2014  with their panelled fronts caught my attention  and I decided  to make them from heavy navy blue satin, using  both the shiny and dull side of the fabric.  I cut and made a size 44 ,   adding a little to the waist  The pants went together perfectly and were a pretty quick sew,   but now I needed some matching tops.

I became inspired when watching this Fit 2 Stitch video to make a few basic Tanks from Burda 7075. I like the idea of working to get a perfect basic pattern.  Tanks are great for wearing under jackets and I love jackets!

I pretty much followed  Peggy Sager’s procedure for fitting  her model.  I made the first tank without any alterations.    With the second I changed the angle of the dart  to a french dart.   The third was conceived  because of a trip to SPOTLIGHT  where I came across pleather.  I just had to purchase four colours to make the coloured blocked version.  I often think about making a travel wardrobe in red white and blue.     Before we left  DH took a few photos.


First Tank,  made from a stiff navy silk.  Maybe a little bit small and could be made more flattering by angling the darts. The fabric has a beautiful silk sheen and a deep  inky look.  I have a little more of it and can picture it as a crisp shirt,  with a pointy collar and lots topstitching.

silk geometric print tank

silk geometric print tank

Second tank from a polyester…which I purchased because I thought it was silk  and loved the colours.  The geometric pattern  was distorted when printed which made  it  a bear to cut out.  The straight line are really curved!  I changed the angle of the darts and feel that it is more flattering overall and I getting closer to TNT.    Although yellow and orange are not my  colours the geometrical pattern and other cool colours are…. and I think I can get away with it.  This little top is fun and I love it’s 60’s vibe….  wish I had some large plastic earrings.

Pleather geometrical tank.

Pleather geometrical tank.


Tank 3 in pleather.  The sales assistance mentioned  to use tissue paper between the pleather and the needle TWICE.   While the white, blue and red were difficult to sew the black was a nightmare and I decided to use the navy as my main colour because of this. The black was clammy and kept sticking on the feed dogs,  causing the machine to miss stitches …. and creating irregular size stitches.

I used Peggy’s method of dividing up the front…..making the vertical cut first.   Then cutting each section into the smaller areas.    A  very stretchy navy woven was used for the back which makes putting it on easy.  This top is a little warm to wear;   it is plastic after all,  but  great for those air-conditioned restaurants and cooler nights.

So what made it into my suit case???   The pleather coloured blocked top!!!

3 thoughts on “Top it OFF

  1. Ann

    All look great. I esp. love the geometric print. There is enough blue so that it is very flattering. So versatile a pattern.

    1. Cheryl Post author

      Thanks Ann, yes , you could go forever with the same pattern, I couldn’t resist the geometric fabric; which is part of my sewing/fabric addiction.


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