A couple of weeks ago, I was the lucky winner of the Doli Tank pattern, and I finally had a chance to sew one up! My lovely friend Ajaire over at Call Ajaire hosted the giveaway, and I was so thrilled to win, as I had just promised myself to stop. buying. all. the. things.
But, first, back to the Doli Tank! For once, I looked at the measurements to decide which size to cut. It is sized generously, so my 5-year-old fit perfectly into the size four. It is a loose and breezy kind of shirt, perfect for the 77 degree day we are going to have today (!!!!). A 77 degree day in the Spring is the equivalent of an 85 degree day in the summer. I didn’t make the rules, that’s just how it works…
The pattern is lovely and quick with beautiful instructions to guide you along the way. My linen was a little too see-thru so I lined it first, just basting the pieces together and treating them like one. The only little snafoo I ran into was that I sewed the binding on the back on the wrong side. Grrr…. But I just folded it over, so the back is bound, and it really isn’t that noticeable, although it made for some bulky shoulder seams. Luckily, none of this mattered much once the tank was on!
And…the back! I love the racerback. I have a feeling, this will be the go-to hot day shirt.
It is the same linen from this project. I made sure to get prior-authorization from my kindergartener first. Vital step.
I love the combo of using a woven fabric with a knit binding. That Sarah, she’s smart. The pattern has you cut the binding out to a certain length, but in the instructions it warns you may have to cut the binding larger or smaller, as knits all have different amounts of stretch. I just cut them extra long, and then lined them up and sewed while stretching. No pins needed. It wasn’t perfect this time around, but I think it’s something you would get a feel for.
As you can see, it doesn’t hinder any jumping, spinning, or twirling action…
And, because it’s my favorite feature, let’s take one more look at that back…
See her tongue sticking out up there? She thinks this face is hilarious.
She makes it, then asks to see it in the camera, then laughs hysterically.
If you are looking for a summer top pattern to add to your collection, I think this should be the one. Huge approval from both Mama and daughter on this one!
****And a HUGE thank-you to Ajaire and Sarah!!!****