Anyone else feel like it is the summer of the racerback? Maybe it is that Rachel has been working on sewing up two different women’s patterns and I couldn’t resist making up this version for M. Racerbacks are a fun and easy summer staple. This one comes with options for a dress or tank. M loves dresses, so I went for the dress.
This project only had one big hitch and it wasn’t the pattern.
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I picked up a cute heart knit at my local Joann’s to make the racerback out of and threw it in the washer with several other cuts that were on my table. I always prewash my fabrics, especially being careful of the knits. They do tend to shrink, and sometimes not a small amount.
When we first put the dress on M, I was thrilled. It was a perfect fit and a great length covering her knees.
When I returned 2 weeks later the dress had been washed and worn and washed and worn. Well let me tell you, that the fabric did not shrink enough when I washed it before sewing. She now has a tunic length top, with a slightly wonky hem, which is still ok and mighty cute, but a little disappointing.
I learned my lesson and may put knits through a couple of cycles before sewing them. Rachel sometimes washes play clothes in hot water, but I did also use hot water when I prewashed knowing the trauma these play clothes go through. So a word to the wise, be sure your knits are really shrunk before sewing!
The pattern offers a couple binding applications. I did use option #1 for applying the binding. I really like the sew it on, turn and use your double needle to sew it down. If you have never used a double needle I suggest you give it a whirl. You may never go back! You’re getting the real pictures today 🙂 These clothes get played in! And sometimes there are Popsicles.
I also sent along several pair of little legging shorts that I had also made in every color so that she could slide them on under her dresses and not worry about playing around the yard or at the playground. You know, a girl needs to be prepared. Turns out it was a good thing she had those on hand.
I am sure that we all have fabric shrinking stories that can make your hair curl. At least this one was not too terrible and totally works. Now she will need those little shorts. Good thing she has multiple colors to choose from.
There will be some Racerback Tanks in our future for sure. Anyone else sewing up racerbacks this summer?
Happy Sewing, Donna