1.30.2008

Sssh, don't tell Rachel Pally

First, I saw this on Shopbop.

rachel pally tank


Then, this caught my eye (same tank, different color) at Anthropologie.

And I thought: cute tank....must buy....$118!!!!!!.....crazy.....I'll just make it myself.

So I took Simplicity 3739

3739

morphed the pattern a bit, and made this

rptank1

All for the low low price of $5.33. Don't tell Rachel, with all the rampant designer knockoffs lately, she might get it in her head to sue me.

Details:
Pattern: Simplicity 3739. I used the tank pattern, morphed the top and the bottom patterns into one.
Fabric: From Fabricmart. I used about a yard, probably even less. This fabric was purchased back when I first started sewing (sometime last year) before I was able to make out the difference between fabric I like (are pretty, cheap, etc.) and fabric I'll actually wear. There is a difference, a huge difference, at least for me. This fabric fell pretty much in the first category of cheap. Originally, I had imagined this fabric to be a wrap dress but after careful thought I realized that if I turned it into a wrap dress, I would never ever ever wear it. As a tank I think it's much more wearable for me.
Mods: I never even looked at the Simplicity instructions. I changed the pleats from the original pattern a bit by moving the pleats to the top of the piece and scaling the length of each pleat up as I went from the edge of the tank to the center. I did a normal bias binding on the underpits part of the tank and I also added a 1" wide twisted bias band as shown by Sew Intriguing.
Likey? Yep, I can see myself making more of these for the summer. For now I'll wear them under cardigans. I might change the length a bit on this one as it seems a tad long.

rptank2

(A picture so you can see the pleating better)

13 comments:

Adrienne said...

What a CUTE top!! I think I have that pattern!

Stephanie said...

Great job! It looks fantastic, even better than the inspiration pieces.

nancy said...

awesome! i love it!

Faye Lewis said...

Such a great job!

soknitpicky said...

Sshhh! Yours is cuter :-)

christina said...

Super cute! Yeah, Rachel is the provider of much inspiration...

Sigrid said...

Super knock-off, cute top.

toya said...

this is too cute on you, you look like a model,, NICE!

Berry said...

I prefer yours! The fabric is great with this pattern and I love the twisted bias band. Well done!

Liana said...

Just darling, and I love the fabric with this design. The band looks great too!

Beth said...

The top looks great! I love the fabric.

ambika said...

Wow, love this. And the fabric is perfect.

cidell said...

Beautiful. Love the pleating and really really love the twisted neckline.