Blue Tank Top with Crochet Straps

For some reason, the sparks of sewing inspiration started flickering the past few weeks, and I've been embarking on some random projects with my tentative skills (har har). While looking for knit fabric to fill a seam (one of the tops of my dresses was TIGGHHTT), Mom delivered a fair quantity of this blue color. After having some small success with the dress renovation, I decided to try making a little something else with the remaining material.

Now, I sew, but I'm not a sewer... More like a sewer in training - "under construction." This was a great project to familiarize myself with the steps to making a clothes item and learning "the ropes" of sewing on the machine. I used one of my comfy tank tops as my pattern, cutting about a half inch around that outline. The only adjustment was making the front top shape versus the back. Then lots of pinning, sewing, voila!

Really an easy little project. It's all a matter of lining things up, keeping the stitches straight (yes! - I'm improving), and, of course, making sure the flex is in the right direction. I was also surprised how quick it sewed up. It barely took more time to sew than to cut and pin, if more time at all.

My "pride and joy" of this project are the straps, which are single crochet chains sewn to the front and back of the top. I was pretty pumped to find the exact color waiting in my yarn stash. I'm a little worried about what might happen to them in the washing machine - maybe play it safe and hand wash.

I made one other t-shirt out of some retro crazy fabric (the only knit material in the house with enough leftover to make a clothing item), and I'll post that soon. Mom picked up a button down top pattern for me, so that is cut out and underway!

There are a surprising number of resources available online concerning sewing without patterns. These can easily be found on Google, but I'll share the two links I liked: Patternless Sewing on Squidoo, a list of various items to try with links, and Sewing Without Patterns on Soozs, a great description of her process with some illustrations and experiential tips.

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