I figured it’s about time I ventured out and made my own patterns. So I started off with something super simple: a tank top. When I was in New York a couple months ago, I got a couple yards of yellow cotton from Fulton Fabrics and also some fun yellow braided trimming from Botani Buttons and Trimmings. (Um, did I mention my favorite color right now is yellow??)
I wasn’t sure what to do with it all… but I figured the trimming could be some cool straps for a tank top. I practiced making my own pattern by tracing a square neck tank top on some pattern paper.
I added 3 inches to the side seams of the traced tank top since this cotton doesn’t stretch. Then I added facing to the width of the top front and back. I also used bias tape for the arm hole.
I think I did a pretty good job considering it was my first time making a pattern and making a tank top. There are definitely some lessons I learned, like I need to line up the straps better with the edge of the seams. And the fabric was quite thin and could’ve used a lining, which makes it more of a camisole.
My friend Sophie is modeling the yellow cami. These modeled photos, including the ones below, were shot by Alanah Velasco (@alanahash) for FearfullyWonderfully Made (@fwmbrand). FWM is a new bay area-based brand based that encourages girls to come together in sisterhood. The founder is Michaela Ebuen. For their first sisterhood shoot, I had the honor of being asked to include my favorite pieces from the blog and to be a part of their FWM Junior Team! 🙂
I love how this shoot turned out. And I have say it’s really cool to see them style and wear my designs!