TSW Ann’s Tank, #3

Ann's tank

Last year I bought this knit to make infinity scarves for Christmas gifts.  Those didn’t make the short list, so the knit just lay there until now.  The only thing that saved it from the Goodwill box was that the colors suit me very well and match a lot fabrics in my stash.

This fall I turned it into tops.  One was a Eureka top with long sleeves, and the other is this new TSW Ann’s Tank.  Most people go straight to the cardigan in that pattern, but the tank is a winner, too, and worth trying.

If you browse the gallery on The Sewing Workshop’s website, you’ll see many lovely renditions of the tank.  Rumor has it that you can add the sleeves from the cardigan and make a long sleeved top.  I’ll be giving that a try at some point.

You may recall that I made it twice early last spring, first in a throw-away knit, and next in a two layer stretch lace. I loved them both, but ended up donating the lace one.

It was high time for another!

This time I decided to skip the raw edges and sew the side seams all the way to the hem.  (I’m not really a raw-edge kind of girl.)  I had seen an example of this on the TSW gallery and knew it could work.

Side seam

To get the corners to play nice, I mitered them and cover-stitched the hem.

Mitered Hem

I expect to wear this with the half-circle skirt with a yet-to-be-decided topper.  When I get that made, I’ll get a photo of the whole outfit.  I’m also considering making TSW Ann’s Cardigan in a matching turquoise ponte to get more mileage out of it.


TSW Ann’s Cardigan

When I made my Tessuti Eva dress, I mentioned that I was planning a matching The Sewing Workshop (TSW) Ann’s Cardigan.  After I finished my sewing room closet overhaul, I got right on that.  (That’s not really true, I sewed two other garments that you haven’t seen yet.  Another day.)

Since my recent experience with TSW patterns is limited to the Eureka top and Ann’s tank, I was unsure which size to use.  My measurements would indicate a Medium, but I was certain that size would hang off my shoulders and look sloppy.  For the tops I had sewn the XS, so I compared Ann’s tank to the cardigan and settled on the Small.  Now that I have finished photos, I might have used an XS on the cardigan although I’m quite pleased with it.

In-stash, I had a remnant of fine-gauge sweater knit that was just right!

Ann's Cardigan

I like this in a knit with plenty of body to show off the details! Besides the cascade, Ann’s Cardigan has a nice horizontal seam at the waist, which (for some reason) appeals to me no end.  The pattern suggests optional topstitching along that seam but I chose to skip that.


The pattern suggests several hemming options, and I really didn’t think it through before I dove in.  I mitered every corner and coverstitched all the way round before I remembered that the collar showed the reverse side when worn.  The pattern illustration shows the front hemline squared off, but it never occurred to me to do mine that way so that I could switch sides with the coverstitch.

Needless to say, I was a bit disconcerted when I noticed the underside of the stitch right there on the front of my new cardi.  Fortunately my thread was a good match it looks fine…interesting, even.

Cascade?  Godet?

The lower front pattern piece makes the cascade.  I was afraid that I wouldn’t like this style on me and had already figured out how I would cut that part off.  It wasn’t necessary as I love the finished cardigan–it’s flouncy.

This style is certainly not one that you’d want 10 of, but I might want another at some point.  I really would like to try it with the cascade cut off.  I think the resulting cardigan would be quite wearable.

Close enough

Project: Denim Jacket
Pattern: Kwik Sew 2895
Size: Small
Fabric: Denim from Hancock Fabrics

Front buttoned

It came out just as I envisioned.  I wish I had put some of those waist tabs on the back/side of the waistband, but the opportunity had passed by the time I realized that I wanted them.  The length is just right and the welt pockets turned out fine.  I tacked the pocket bags to a seam inside to avoid having them show when I put my hands in.

From the side you can see that I used the back side of the fabric on the undersleeve. I wanted a bit more of the bright blue to show from the back.

Finished! Well almost.

The  buttons are not on the sleeves. Somehow I miscalculated the number required and I had to order 8 more. I decided to install them after my order comes, in case something goes wrong. I’d rather have two that don’t match than only one…

I’ll let Brunhilde wear it until the buttons come–which I ordered off Etsy, BTW. The only ones available locally were shiny silver. These are silver with some brass showing.

I *heart* them.

Meanwhile, I’m moving on.  My SIL and I are doing recycled/upcycled/used/handmade this Christmas, so I’ve got work to do!  I’m hoping to make a few knit tops and such for myself in-between those projects.  I’ll be in and out here on the blog.

We’re getting ready for Thanksgiving this week and family is coming in.  Gobble,gobble!!



…there were Yoga Pants.  I mentioned back in October that I had made 3 new garments.  Two were jeans.  What I didn’t say was that I had made a pair of stretch denim yoga pants from Silhouette Patterns #3400 Three-Piece Yoga Pant.

Stretch Denim Yoga Pants

Project: Yoga pants
Pattern: Silhouette Patterns,  #3400 Three-Piece Yoga Pant
Size:  4
Fabric: Stretch denim from Hancock Fabrics

Though the first pair is blue denim, I did not include any jeans details besides hemming  with contrasting thread.  I’ve worn them several times and like them very much.

They were super easy to make, but before I could make more I got interested in that denim jacket I’ve been showing you.  Unfortunately Sunday evening I ran out of jacket thread.  First I ran out of matching bobbin thread, but I put in a black bobbin and continued.  I managed to get the sleeves in before the top spool got so low that I had to stop on the jacket.

I didn’t stop sewing–I had yoga pants on my mind.

Besides sewing, I’ve been taking a Zumba class on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  I’m a klutz, totally, but I went out and bought myself some new neon pink and black Zumba shoes to make sure that my shoes weren’t part of the problem.  (Fake it ’til you make it, right?)

Naturally my new neon shoes needed some stretchy pants!  So while I waited for a chance to get thread for my jacket, I made two more yoga pants.

Three pairs of Yoga Pants

The left is the original stretch denim version, then a houndstooth black ponte from Fabric dot com, and a heather gray ponte roma from JoAnn’s.  The gray has some slight sparkle, and the underside is top-worthy.  They all fit about the same though there are subtle alterations between each one. (I modeled all three, but the houndstooth ponte threw my camera into a hissy fit, and the gray didn’t behave much better.)

On the denim pair, I used the specified 2-inch elastic and I like it best.  The other two have 1-inch elastic sewn inside the waistband with a 4-step zig-zag.  it works, but is not as comfortable.  I’ll use something else next time.

I chose my size based on the information in Peggy Sagers’ Yoga Pants Webcast.  She gives a lot of good information in those webcasts, and I’m trying to watch them all.  (I’m also becoming heavily invested in Silhouette Patterns, incidentally.)  I have some ideas for making more as time permits but now it’s time to get ready for my Zumba class.


Now that I’m fully outfitted, I’ll have to stop blaming my spastic Zumba performance on the lack of shoes or stretchy pants.


I’m not totally hopeless, the woman behind me in class said I had the marching down pat.   :-D

Project #50: The very exciting brown shirt

Project: Classic shirt
Pattern: Ottobre Woman 5/2010 #5
Size: 38 with minor alterations
Fabric: Cocoa French Twill from SellFabric.com

When I tell my Mom what I am sewing, she always asks “What color is it?”  When I say “Brown” she always replies (in a very disgusted way) “BROWN?!?”

Hee hee…

Yes, it’s boring.

But you need boring to make the more exciting stuff pop.  So here it is, another Ottobre Woman Bethie blouse.

Twill shirt front

and the back.  I added an additional 1/4″ rounded back alteration, plus changing the button placket to be wider.  I forgot to lengthen the collar stand, so I’ve got a bit of easing going on at the back neck.

Eh.  Nobody will notice.

It’s brown.

Twill shirt back

I am rather pleased with the sleeve plackets, which I was almost able to do from memory this time.

Twill shirt sleeve placket

This the two-piece placket that I got out of a Burda pattern–kinda like this tutorial.  One day I want to make a set of sleeves using two different fabrics like in the tute.

I’ve just finished sewing on the buttons while relaxing off some Thanksgiving leftovers. Funny how I used to want to sew buttons on by machine to get it done as quickly as possible.  Ever since I learned to do a thread shank, I really enjoy sewing them on by hand–

Even when there are 10 of them.

There’s no project in the table for the weekend yet.  I’ve just ordered some new fabrics and interfacing.  Pam at Fashion Sewing Supply sent me an email advertising a sale until Monday, and you can bet I hurried on over there and got some of that!  Plus, I’ve got a vest challenge to work on for the December meeting of my ASG group, so I had to order some fabric for that.

It’s fur.

I’ll see what Mom has to say about that.

I’ll tell her it’s brown. ;-)