I was contacted by the lovely Laura of Titchy Threads several weeks ago, asking if I'd like to participate in her upcoming Twisted Tuesdays blog series. At first I turned her down (albeit disappointedly) - this year has been just crazy so far, and I regrettably replied that I didn't think I'd have the time to join in the fun. I was a bit sad after sending off my RSVP-in-the-negative; Laura's patterns are awesome! A little while later however, she sent me a second email explaining that things were changed up a bit and her blog series was going to span seven weeks instead of just one, and without too much more coaxing, I was happily on board!
I chose to make her Twisted Tank, because although I now had more time up my sleeve, my schedule is pretty hectic and unpredictable at the moment, and this tank top is an absolute breeze to whip up! The way Laura has designed this is so clever - the top is cut from two pieces without side seams, so rather than having a back and front piece, you have a top and bottom which joins diagonally. The spliced pocket adds extra interest again. There are so many ways you could put this together, mixing all sorts of prints and colours. I actually spent more time choosing fabrics than sewing it together!
I went for a sort of show-time theme when making it up, the grey and the pink were pieces I already had in my stash.
Still in keeping with the circus thing, I made another top without the frill and extra pocket. I have had this odd-shaped remnant of black and white harlequin print in my possession forever, and teamed with white, it was perfect for this top.
Just a plain pink pocket here, I cut it a size bigger than I should have so the corners don't line up with the diagonal seam, but that's okay. I like a big pocket.
(Just a quick note: Astute observers will notice that this is not my daughter. This is my friend Lauren and she's helping me out with modelling duties today. Sophie has been going through all sorts of growth spurts and the the fabric I chose unfortunately didn't afford enough stretch to fit over her belly. Oops.)
The Twisted Tank pattern also includes instructions for a basic tank with the traditional seams running down the sides, so if you're not feeling confident with the twisty version, have a practice and you can make up a standard version instead. In fact, the basic tank pattern is perfect for up-cycling old t-shirts, which is something I just love to do. All Titchy Threads patterns have clearly illustrated instructions and handy tips, and this one is no exception. And, as the Tank pattern spans all sizes from 0 through to 12 years, it will last you years and years and years. What's not to love?
The Twisted Tuesdays blog series has been run over seven weeks so there are lots of other versions of this tank top to check out! There is also a fantastic Twisted Trousers pattern which is next on my to-do list. Visit Laura's blog, be inspired by all the amazing outfits other bloggers have made from the tanks or trousers, or both - and then give it a go yourself! You won't regret it.