There are now not 1 but 2 Tara Tank dresses hanging in my closet! The first one will be my birthday dress.
It took some ripping and restarting for me to get happy with my binding choices, but what’s a sewing project without some ripping? I first thought that using raw-edged tan binding would give the eye a place to rest with all these prints. Turns out, it was just kinda “blah.”
You can see some in-progress photos on Instagram, and I’m sure you’ll agree that the tan bindings were all wrong. I didn’t want to trash them entirely because the tan’s raw edges bloomed so nicely.
I could see that I needed a colorful binding on top. I had used the dappled print for the waistband but didn’t have enough of that for the bindings. Fortunately I had plenty of the coordinating striped fabric and layering it over the tan worked out just beautifully.
(I don’t think you can tell anything about the bloom from the photo above, but if you click on it Flickr! will allow you to enlarge the photo.)
When I finished the birthday dress, there was this chambray that raised its hand politely asking to be another Tara Tank dress. Since I was on a roll and had the construction down pat, I indulged it.
I’m not sure about that ruffle, but I’m letting it stay for now. Once I’ve worn the dress, I’ll decide whether than stays or goes. I’m not sure a woman my age needs ruffles about her knees. It does make the dress cover my knees, so that’s a plus.
I may be done with this pattern for a while. Don’t lay any bets, but I think I’ll move on now.