Today I’m happy to be showcasing a pattern from a new PDF designer and seasoned sewing blogger Call Ajaire. The Paneled Sunsuit tour aptly named Not Just a SunSuit tour has already shown off some great cool weather ways to rock this pattern for those of us moving into cool months.
I’m going to share two layering tanks I made up with the pattern. Or my hack on view F.
I have more woven fabric than I would like to admit lingering in my stash. The problem is about a year and a half ago my kid became totally uninterested in wearing anything that wasn’t a knit. A lot of it seems to be driven by what she can get on by herself, at least as far as tops are concerned.
The good news? This pattern allows me to use my larger “scrap” pieces and and she actually wants to WEAR them. Happy dance.
I made a few small adjustments. The first was omitting the elastic channel that runs along the back bodice. I think it’s a super cute feature, but she thinks it’s squeezing her. Not that she has a flair for drama 😉 This feature was easily dropped on the first tank above because this pink fabric is very light and flowy.
The second top I made out of quilting cottons. Because the drape isn’t as nice the back ruching is missed more in the fit under the arm. If I were to do it again I would make some adjustments to account for the elastic removal. The tank separate is actually a crop piece. Not terribly friendly for Minnesota falls so I made a quick adjustment and added a band to the bottom. I used the front and back pattern pieces to draw my band so I could maintain the nice curve of the front.
I cut two front bands and two back bands.
Then I sewed the bottom (what would be your hem) of my two fronts wrong side together and the bottom of my backs right sides together.
Then with your fronts pushed open and your backs pushed open sew up both short sides. It looks something like this-
Then fold wrong sides together and press well.
The beauty of this pattern is everything is very well enclosed. So it seemed a shame to just whip on a band. This way it gives me a really nice clean hem.
I did serge this band onto my lining and bodice joining the two. Then I topstitched my stitching down. So from the inside it looks like this-
If you’re not serging and you want a nice clean inside the best option would be to turn over and iron the top edge of the hem band and sandwich your shirt in the band, then topstitchThese tops have been a huge win at our house and will be great under a cardigan this Fall.
The Paneled Sunsuit pattern will be available 15% through the duration of the tour. Find the pattern details here.
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