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8.01.2016

Fjara Racerback Tank


This is my first time sewing a pattern by Pienkel. I am really pleased with the results of this pattern. For this first "wearable muslin" I used this striped very thin knit for the main bodice with solid gray rib knit binding. For my 13 year old, I made size 8. She was actually between size 7 and size 8 and the pattern suggests sizing up if between sizes. (This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase by using my affiliate links, I receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting my creative efforts!)

Overall I'm pleased with the sizing and fit. But I think on the next one that I make, I will make a few adjustments--the first one will be in the arm scye. I think I'll cut a size 7 along that line. I am thinking it would help with the little bit of gaping going on in the back. I also won't top-stitch the bindings in place. I usually don't top-stitch knit bindings in place unless I have a really good knit with some spandex for good recovery. This knit is thin and almost no recovery to it. That's the thing with knits, you just never know how they are going to respond until you have completed the project. So that's why I'm calling this one a wearable muslin. She can wear it as a layering tee, and now I know what to adjust on the second one.
A major issue that I have with sewing for this girl is finding patterns that don't appear too childish for her size. She is a teen and has a very specific style that she likes, but most of the sewing patterns in her size are meant for girls much younger than her. I like this pattern because it's in her size, but is also modern and more suitable to her age.
She does like the style of this tank and has requested a few more to be made. She even picked out the fabric, so my only job now is to get those made. It really is a quick sew--just 3 seams and the hem. Adding the bindings really takes the longest. I think I'll try one with FOE instead of rib knit binding. While this pattern doesn't have a ton of options, it is a great tank pattern that can be worn year round as a layering piece in the fall and winter or alone in the spring and summer.

You can purchase your copy of the Fjara Tank Pattern by Pienkel at the (affiliate) UpCraft Club. If you are a member you can get this pattern for free with your monthly credit. (I received this pattern for free. I wasn't required to write a blog post about it, nor was I required to share about the pattern on social media. I only share with my readers those products and services that I love.)


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