Earlier this summer I was contacted by Rabbit Rabbit Creations to sew up a pattern of my choosing from her shop and blog about it. Since it's the middle of summer AND back to school time, I chose the Endless Summer pattern. This pattern has 2 versions: a dress or a basic tank/tunic. I sewed the tank version (since my girl doesn't love dresses).
This pattern is a blank canvas, which you can choose to embellish or leave plain. I chose to leave it plain to keep things simple, but it would be lovely with some applique or embroidery on the front or the back.
This pattern has just 1 pattern piece! Can you believe it? Yep, that's right. One pattern piece. But don't let that deceive you. The pattern is beautifully simple, with just enough details to make it a super simple way to jazz up your daughter's wardrobe.
I made 2 Endless Summer tanks for my daughter. According to her measurements, she was right between a size 7 and a size 8. Since there are no closures on this top, I went ahead with the size 8.
No closures means a nice scoop neckline (but not so scooping that it sags or becomes immodest) and an easy to slip into top. There is no front or back because both are exactly the same.
My favorite part of the pattern was adding the bias binding to the neckline and armholes. I will be honest here. I struggle every time I try to make my own bias tape. I mean seriously STRUGGLE! And that struggling usually lead to frustration and wonky, very awful bias tape.
After I realized that I would need to make my own bias tape for this pattern, I froze. I put the project on the back burner and didn't think about it for a while. Eventually I pulled the pattern up on my iPad again and started reading through it.
When I read the part about making bias tape, something just clicked in my head. This was honestly the first bias tape tutorial that I had read that actually made sense!
If you have been afraid to try making your own bias tape, then THIS is the pattern for you to try. It is so well laid out and so well written, that you CAN be successful.
I know it seems silly to be so excited over such a small thing, but many times I have felt like a failure as a seamstress because I couldn't make something as simple as bias tape.
Let's let summer continue by making a whole slew of Endless Summer tanks and dresses for our daughters.
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