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5oo4 Lakeshore Tank

Tank tops, as a general term, are probably my most common sewn item. Both Virginia and I love wearing them. They’re easy for all weather, especially as a layering piece. So we can be work/event appropriate as needed, then lose some layers to get into sweltering cars or walk through that palpable humidity. Also, we are both about 5’8″ and blessed in the chest. All of this means tanks tend to be closer to a crop top than either of us prefer. This means making them is one of my favorite things because RTW tanks tend to be too short. Plus, they use such a small amount of fabric!

This means I’m always looking for fun, unique tanks to add to our closets! Oh boy is this a fun one!! It has a built in shelf, which is super easy to adjust for bust sizes if you need it. This constructions gives a really beautiful, clean finish to the front, which I completely love! There is extra elastic to help keep the shape and support. Plus, you have a couple options for height on the front, strap placement, and bottom finishes! I love options.

Overall, I’m pretty jealous of Virginia’s new tank and I’ll definitely need to make one for myself. We used this absolutely gorgeous blue double brushed poly from Sly Fox Fabrics and it is a stunning color. The DBP was super easy to work with and makes such lovely binding and straps, every dang time! Paired with some RTW shorts, I think she looks ready for just about any situation.

The entire ensemble was just perfect for wandering around Jekyll Island and looking good doing it! We had some overcast skies and drizzles throughout the day, then a complete downpour, but that came later. For our quick wade in the surf and exploration of the dunes (we found a protected turtle nest!!!), she was comfortable, cool, and looked damn good.

Basically, this is a wonderful edition to her closet, I’m going to steal it soon. Don’t tell. Grab your copy of the Lakeshore Tank and sew up ALL THE TANKS. Before summer ends.

Stephanie xx

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TCCF Navy Daydreams

I already mentioned this fabric showing up by surprise. Can you say best surprise ever? Because this is right up there!!

Threaded Candy Customs cotton lycra base fabric is absolutely delightful. It is soft, has great recovery. They blow me away with the creativity in every round. And you know I love to nerd out with every new round announced! Right now, though, they have the summer round open. Every damn fabric is just so pretty. Happy and ready to take to the beach. If you’re looking for fun swim fabrics, check these out!!

This print is the Navy Daydreams. It is bright and happy and I completely love it. Such a vibrant, happy print that I plan to wear all summer long!!! (And probably pretty far into autumn.) Since it is perfect for summer, this clearly needed to be turned into tanks! One for me and one for the sister! Let’s talk mine first.

I am completely in love with the tie front tops right now. I want to fill my closet with them. Knit, woven. Fancy, casual. Don’t care. This tank is the Made for Mermaids Mama Ella. This is a great basic tank. Just fitted enough for funsies, without me feeling like a sausage. It has some super cute options included. A super low back that I haven’t been brave enough to try. Some fun ruffles and strappiness. And, most importantly, this adorable tie front!!

This cotton lycra is the PERFECT weight for this. Stable enough to hold up to the stretching and pulling of the tie without being boxy everywhere else. I feel great wearing it! I’m totally ready for beer gardens, chilling outside, and enjoying the summer sun.

On to Virginia’s tank. She adores the 5oo4 Jessie. It is one of her favorite shirts. She already has a couple and it is one of her most requested patterns. So I figured surprising her with a fun tank would make her happy. (Spoiler alert…it did!) I chose the low back option so I could add some fun strappiness!!

This particular option isn’t included in the pattern (though it does tell you to go nuts!) I took two straps, cut per the pattern and looped them through each other in the center of the scoop. So simple and so fun. Perfect for me to steal out of Virginia’s closet in a few weeks. 😀

Both of these tanks are exactly perfect out of this beautiful summer fabric. Is there one in this summer collection that strikes your fancy?

Stephanie xx