One thing I love about sewing is sewing items for myself I normally would not even dream of trying on in the store. I love being able to see pdf patterns on different individuals of all shapes and sizes. I also enjoy seeing how different fabric choices affect the fit of the pattern.
This is exactly what happened when I first saw the Ruched Tee from Ellie & Mac. When planning to sew it up for Wacky Wednesday, I looked and looked through the EM facebook page and the website to see which style I wanted to sew up. With summer coming, I decided I wanted to sew up this pattern in the tank version.
I then checked my fabric stash to see what my options were. I was first thinking to make the relaxed fit, but then saw this beautiful Cotton Lycra French Terry fabric from Flying Pig Fabrics. These are the rainbow wiggle grids from Sabra’s Rainbow Round. I had been thinking about saving it for the little to wear next winter, but for some reason it was standing out to me today. I pulled it out, and finally decided I would make the slim fit crop version of the Ruched Tee! There was a tester that styled the top for yoga, and I decided to do the same!
This top comes packed with so many options: multiple sleeves lengths, including a thumb hole cuff or tank version, relaxed, fitted, and slim fit, and a crop or regular length. Once I had settled on an option for the pattern, I printed and began grading. I decided to sew up a medium, grading to a small for the bust area only. This worked well since I was sewing up the tank version. I also added half an inch at the lengthen line for my height. I went with the slim fit since this fabric has over 50% 4 way stretch.
Sewing the tank up was a breeze. The directions are straight forward and easy to follow. I modified the binding around the neck to be single fold binding, to reduce bulk with the French Terry fabric. When sewing the casing in the back, I used one needle in my coverstitch to speed things along. This worked really well for me! The only other modification I did was use a one inch hem allowance instead of the half inch. I prefer one inch in all my patterns, and usually modify for that if it calls for something shorter.
I ended up using a single drawstring for the back as the pattern suggests. I love how this is drafted, looping the drawstring over the top, back down the other side. I suppose if someone wanted, it could be placed the opposite way with the tie on the top!
This crop tank will get so much use this summer! We’ll be spending about a month on the beach, so this will be perfect for morning beach strolls and yoga classes. This type of French Terry is very breathable as well, so I do not think I’ll have a problem with the heavier fabric. One of my favorite things about buying Cotton Lycra French Terry!
What do you think of this top? I went way out of my comfort zone on this one, but am incredibly excited to wear it around! I can’t wait to make looser versions for the winter next year. Which style do you like best? Be sure to let me know in the comments!
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