Doli Tank

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.

The pattern was created by Sarah over at EmmylouBeeDoo (love that name!).  She also has a pants pattern (hosh pants) that I’m pretty sure are calling my name.

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!

FlowerDoli2 (Large)

And…the back!  I love the racerback.  I have a feeling, this will be the go-to hot day shirt.

PicMonkey Collage (Large)

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.

PicMonkey Collage2 (Large)

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…

FlowerDoli5 (Large)

See her tongue sticking out up there?  She thinks this face is hilarious.

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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!

FlowerDoli (Large)

****And a HUGE thank-you to Ajaire and Sarah!!!****

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20 Comments

  • Reply Sarah May 7, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Monica – oh my word! This is absolutely beautiful!

  • Reply Amy May 7, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    love the fabric, pattern, and the racer back!!

  • Reply Ajaire May 7, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I love it!!!! An that fabric is gorgeous. I love a racerback and say ever little girl should where them as much as possible. Especially before they have to start worrying about bra straps and the like haha. (And congrats on the warm weather! Well deserved.)

    • Reply adirondackinspired May 7, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      Haha, I know, right? And, oh, this weather….it is beyond lovely!

  • Reply Erin May 8, 2013 at 2:54 am

    LOVE it. So cute.

  • Reply Meghan May 8, 2013 at 4:00 am

    Oh my gosh I want one in my size! This tank is great, I think I need to get this pattern for my little lady. Love the fabric!

    • Reply adirondackinspired May 8, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      It was, by far, my daughter’s fave thing I’ve made her! Get it :)

  • Reply Laura May 8, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Perfect and inspiring – I’m not even showing it to my five-year-old…she’d be demanding one immediately…and I agree, the racerback makes it different and special.

    • Reply adirondackinspired May 8, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Ha…my daughter is starting to assume that I can just make anything. She’ll see something and ask me to make it. I kind of love that, though!

  • Reply T'onna May 8, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Cute tank! Cute fabric!!

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  • Reply Heidi May 9, 2013 at 10:35 am

    So cute!! I just love everything you sew! :)

  • Reply Jill May 10, 2013 at 10:38 am

    ADORABLE! I’m not sure what’s cuter, the kid or the tank! lol Great job.

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