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« on: February 26, 2006 07:28:42 AM »

Hey, so this is my first time posting, so I hope this is in the right place and that my pictrues show up!

So, I have this fabric that I want to make into a tank top, but I don't want to wreck it since I can't replace this fabric. Usually when I attempted to make a shirt, it turns out too small. This fabric is strechy also. So here's a picture of my fabric:

I want to make sort of a long loose tank, here are some examples:

Thanks for any help! xox
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2006 11:13:35 AM »

I don't know, but I LOVE these tank tops.  American Apparel has something very similar that I own in about 6 different colors.  If anyone has a pattern, I'd be excited to use it too.  Maybe I can just model something off of my American Apparel tank tops?  I could use them as a pattern.
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2006 01:02:08 PM »

Hm, so what's your question? Sorry..:S Uhm, you could always try making it bigger than you actually are, then when you actually put it on it will fit...as you said they always turn out smaller. :S

Also, off topic..but are you a member of F18 forums? I've seen your username there. Smiley I'm Mac Girly.
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2006 06:06:44 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2006 09:36:24 PM »

Hi!  I'm brand new here, this is my first post.  I think I have an idea that might help...

Do you have any fabric that isn't too important to you that you can use to make a mock-up with, then use the mock-up as a pattern?

If not, Muslin is normally pretty cheap.

I would take a tank that fits and basically trace it out on not important fabric, lengthen as needed, and just play around with it till you have a fit that you like.  Then, rip out all the seams, and use that just like you would a paper pattern. 

That's kinda what I did when I was trying to make a 14th century historical dress, and couldn't use a pattern b/c it was fitted, and didn't want to use up the fabric I planned to use for the dress. 

I hope my suggestions are helpful, and make sense.

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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2006 06:52:56 AM »

That fabric is really neat and I love the tank that you want to make.  I am sorry that I am not much help, I am not very good at sewing without a pattern.  So I would go and look for a pattern in the books, or I would find one cheap and take it a part to make a pattern.  It is going to be a great shirt when you are done. 

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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2006 08:27:00 PM »

i have that fabric!

i only have a teensy bit though, i made cuffs out of it.

making a tank out of some other fabric is probably the best idea, but i wouldn't use muslin, you need to use someything with similar qualities to the fabric you want to use. so try to find something cheap with a similar amount of stretch, and go from there.

i usually try to find something that i like, but cheap, because i hate the idea of wasting the time by sewing an ugly garment! i almost always end up wearing my sample just as much as the finished result! 

if you do that, i'd trace the pattern you create onto something, so that you don't have to rip apart your mock up to make the 2nd top.

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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2006 09:37:30 AM »

thanks for the suggestions! I have a lot of this stripey stretchy fabric, I'm going to test out a pattern on that first, I'll let you know how it turns out! Smiley
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2006 09:48:05 AM »

I have no help for you.  Just wanted to say awesome fabric.  I can't wait to see the finished tank.

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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2006 10:24:39 AM »

haha, thanks I love the favris too, I'll post pics of the shirt for sure when its finished which will probably be within a few days if i can get a pattern made!
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