Material Matters

Yesterday’s temperatures were in the 90s again (while in southwest Kansas, once city reached 108!) so it’s time to start thinking about wearing ‘cool’ tops. Consequently, I hurried up and finished my Jalie tank and I have to say, this is one of the easiest patterns that I’ve worked with in a long time. After tracing off the pattern, I think one could finish the entire top (cutting, sewing, etc.) in about an hour. I’m also really pleased with how this tank fits too:
I was so excited about how this tank worked out, I was ready to make another version. For my second top, I used a ribbed knit that I purchased over the weekend at Joann’s (60% off). One thing about this material is that it’s much thicker and has less stretch and recovery than the stripe fabric that I originally used. It also didn’t perform as well when sewn up – instead of a nice fit around the arms, I had HUGE gaps between the fabric and my skin. I quickly fixed this by taking in the excess material, but it still doesn’t look as nice on or feel as comfortable as the stripe tank. So the important thing I learned about this pattern is that material matters! A nice lighter weight interlock with great stretch and recovery is the way to go when sewing this top up.
So now that I’m done talking about sewing, it’s time to show a new baby picture. Today, Easton is 6 weeks old – so yesterday, we did a ‘photo shoot’ at our house. Here’s one of my favorites:

11 thoughts on “Material Matters

  1. Heather Mc

    Hi! I found your blog through Patternreview.com. The town that reached 108 was mine! LOL Yeah, it was nasty hot (and it’s only June!) Anyhoo, I love your Jalie tops. I’m a Jalie addict, I think. Your little babe is a sweetie! If you haven’t tried Ottobre patterns, you MUST! They have such cute stuff for babies.
    Well, I’ll quit blabbering now. It’s nice to “meet” fellow Kansans!

  2. Blakely

    Easton is growing so fast.
    I love the pink striped tank top. It is hot here also. I couldn’t tell you what it got to, but it was hot.

  3. melissa

    ohhh what a cutie!!
    Fancy sending some of that heat our way? We had three weeks of summer and now it’s back to cold and rain. We had the electric blanket on last night, and it’s June!! Something’s very wrong…

  4. MelissaB

    What a doll Easton is – 6 weeks already, wow!
    Your tank top is lovely! Too bad about the one with the not so great fabric. Live and learn huh? We’ve all been to that movie before!

  5. bernadette

    Wow – he is such a PERSON, now! Still love his mouth best.
    By us, the heat has not hit much yet but the super- humidity is already here. That’s our bane.
    That stripe looks good in the tank version, too!

  6. Zaneta

    Hi stacy,
    He is adorable, they grow so quick. He has changed so much, very precious.
    You are looking fantastic too 🙂
    Kind Regards
    ZanetaX

  7. Diane

    What a cutie!!! How in the world do you manage to get everything done and still have time to sew with a new baby? You truly are a Wonder Woman!

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