Monday, February 9, 2015

New Simplicity 9776 gym tanks + good news!

S9776 gym tanks
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.
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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.


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On the pink fabric tank,  I took a cue from Jalie 3131 and used rings and sliders on the straps.
S9776 gym tanks
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.
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Honestly sliding the straps through the sliders is very fun.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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).

Be well!


26 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the job promotion! I'm sure it's well deserved!!!

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  2. Congratulations Kyle. You've worked so hard for so long. I like your boss's decision to promote you!!!.

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  3. Congratulations!! what exciting news. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  4. Great news on your promotion !! Your tanks are amazing & the fit is perfect !!!

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  5. Congrats!!!! I know you were working like crazy!

    Cute tanks :)

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  6. Awesome! Both the promotion AND your new tops :) Great work!!

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  7. Woo hoo on the promotion! Great job on the tanks, they look great.

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  8. Woo hoo on the promotion! Great job on the tanks, they look great.

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  9. Congratulations! I love your tank tops. I`ll be looking for that pattern.

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  10. Congratulations on your promotion. Hope it doesn't keep you away from blogging and sewing. BTW, what is ERA ? I only think Equal Rights Amendment!

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  11. Hurray! NIce work on snagging the promotion. Your tank tops and skort are gorgeous-I am still on sleepwear but do have a secret project happening.

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  12. How exciting! Congratulations. I am sure the promotion is well deserved. Love the tanks. The lace is really too pretty to wear only to the gym. I hope you can wear it with jeans and a blazer too.

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  13. Congratulations! Your tanks look pretty.

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  14. Congratulations!! And cute tanks!

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  15. Congrats on being recognized at work. Great pat on the back.
    -I'm with Cheryl above -- ERA stands for ---elephants raised in America
    ---earwigs river assn.
    ---everyone reads alot
    ---???

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  16. Congratulations girlie! I remember you talking about the big project last year and I'm happy to hear that things are going well.

    You make the neatest and cutest work out gear.

    Oh and I like Kathy's suggestion for ERA: earwigs river association. Hah!

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  17. Woohoo!! Congrats on the promotion and the work out gear. I love the lace tank. Goes nicely with your shoes.

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  18. Great work news! I love that you make lace tops to workout in. All your workout gear looks so professional but unique.

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  19. Oh wow! This is great news about your promotion. Congratulations! It is certainly well deserved. You worked really hard on that big project. Yay! Both of your tanks are adorable, especially the one with the lace overlay. So cute!

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  20. Well done! on the tops and the job! I'll bet your boss is super happy to have you.

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  21. Congratulations on your promotion!! Love your tanks. The stretch lace tank would look cute peeking out of a button up dress shirt.

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  24. Congrats on your well-deserved promotion! It is so great that all your hard work last year has been recognized! I think you deserve to treat yourself -- perhaps you can splurge a bit during PR weekend in LA!

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