Monday, February 9, 2015
New Simplicity 9776 gym tanks + good news!
Guess what sewing friends???
I'm so excited to share some good news. My boss announced my promotion today and I can finally share it with you! Since Jan 1, 2015, I am Senior ERA Manager. It is a recognition of my work on the big software project as well as my additional responsibilities, and I'm just so excited!
Also I made two Simplicity tanks yesterday to go with my Jalie skort.
Since I'm entering the tanks and skort in the PR Activewear contest, the official photo shoot will be this weekend, with better lighting and a cleaner background.
Both tanks are Simplicity 9776, but my pink fabric (Performance Quick Dry fabric in Heathered Pink from Joann's--bought sometime last year or maybe even the year before) is not as stretchy as my prior versions of this tank, thus there are some drag lines. In an attempt to ease up on my perfectionism, I'm taking this as a lesson learned and moving on. I think for no drag lines and a close fit, the fabric has got to be somewhere between 50 and 75% stretchy. The Joann fabric is ~25%. Also the light color really showcases every line; dark fabric hides that kind of thing.
On the pink fabric tank, I took a cue from Jalie 3131 and used rings and sliders on the straps.
Because I wear the tank with a bra, the ring does get hidden. But here on my dressform you can see the ring quite nicely.
Honestly sliding the straps through the sliders is very fun.
The sliders, strapping and rings were all from SewSassy.com.
I also used 1" wide (when unfolded) FOE from Pacific Trimming in NYC, purchased during MPB Day 2014. Usually I use the 5/8" wide (when unfolded) FOE, but this made more impact, I thought.
For the lace tank, I layered this stretch lace from Chic Fabrics in NYC, purchased in Nov of 2013, over the Joann fabric. For this lace version, I did not use strapping, rings and sliders, only FOE.
I wore the lace tank + skort at my gym class tonight and it worked out (heh heh) really well.
I plan on wearing the all-pink version the next time I go to the gym (either tmw or Thursday night).
It doesn't count for the contest, but I made a matching headband out of the scraps (and I do mean scraps, there was hardly anything left over).
My local Joann's doesn't have any more of this fabric, but I bought some more of it online this weekend. If it arrives before the end of the contest, I am tempted to make the Jalie 3131 tank...I made a muslin but didn't like it....but I think I know how to change it. How long could it possibly take (cue laughter here).