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Anna's Garden Tank & Bolero

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Anna's Garden Tank

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Hand-Embellishing Knit Fabric: Stenciling, Appliqué, Beading and Embroidery taught by Natalie Chanin

Designer Natalie Chanin will show you how to hand-sew appliqué and add artistic stencils and stitches to turn a Vogue coat pattern (included free!) into a work of art.

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Romantic
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What materials did you use? Organic Cotton in natural for the top layer, a recycled white cotton tee for the bottom layer. Coats and Clark Button Craft thread in natural. Createx paint applied with an airbrush. Hand-cut stencil using the Anna's Garden pattern from the Alabama Chanin website.

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What are you most proud of? The fit, I think.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Embrace the pace :)

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great job!....I have been working on skirts....got that one down :-) but, I seem to not be able to understand something with the bolero?...I know its got to be me, as i do not have a lot of pattern experience......I cut a medium and i can not get the back and side seams to line up.....I ended up cutting the back smaller so they line up......I have rechecked(had hubby also) to make sure i cut pattern right....but still does not work....any comments very appreciated....xo

06/30/2013 Flag

There's actually an error in the pattern - which I was fortunate to discover by reading someone's blog. But you did the right thing by matching up the side seams! Don't do what I did, though: I thought the front pieces were too skimpy looking, so I widened them at the curve. The result was a less than ideal fit, so I'm going to follow the pattern next time.

07/05/2013 Flag

Just saw this.. I made an x-small plain t-shirt and the shoulder seams did not match up at all, the back piece was slightly wider. I ended up having to stretch the front to make it work but it looks fine. I thought it was my error too since I had zero experience constructing shirts, but when I laid the original paper pattern pieces over each other, there is a noticeable difference in the shoulder width..

07/17/2013 Flag

I made this pattern twice & I forgot both times thinking it didn't line up but....The side seams match up under the armhole and the shoulder seams comes a little forward so you see that seam shoulder seam in the front. The back seams need to be eased in as well as the front seams and when it's on it all works.I hope that helps

08/12/2013 Flag

Beautiful job! Love it.

08/01/2013 Flag

I love the way your tank fits. It looks like you lengthened it quite a bit? I am planning to do the same. Could you tell me what other adjustments you made? I will also need to adjust the arm openings-they are always huge on me. It was helpful to see how well your changes have worked. Thanks!

09/17/2013 Flag

I can't recall lengthening it much, but I did a bit. I think the most alteration was around the armholes and bust; I added darts to cure gaping armholes. I have now figured out that for me, shortening the shoulder straps takes care of a lot of the fit problems. I just don't need so much fabric up there. The first time I made this pattern I added width on the bodice panels, then had to remove a bunch of fabric. The knit is more expandable than I had realized (duh!).

09/20/2013 Flag

Thanks, that helps. I recently took up about 10 tanks and sleeveless tops by taking up the shoulder seam-quite a bit on most. The necklines are a bit higher than I would like, but at least now I can wear them without something over them. That is what I plan to do with this pattern. I also like how your top is not extremely fitted-I really don't want something hugging me and showing every bump around my middle. I'm going to cut this out today, and do a trial run.

09/27/2013 Flag

Beautiful work!!

10/19/2013 Flag

Thank you Cathie!

10/19/2013 Flag