Muscle Up Tank
Fabrics: Cotton Lycra from Purple Seamstress
My son has been asking me for a while if I could make him a tank top. I came across this pattern on the Greenstyle Creations site after having purchased the Moxie shorts (another awesome pattern that I have now made several times)
This is a great pattern to have fun mixing colors. I can't take credit for this fabric combo though; it was all per my son's request. :)
You can make this without the hood and there is a lower cut line on the front pattern piece for that should you choose to just add the neckband.
I made sure to reinforce my knit with stabilizer before attaching the grommets for the drawstring. Before stitching the hem on the hood, I basted my drawstring down with white thread so I could see where the edge of the drawstring was. This way I could then use my cover stitch machine, ensuring that I would not sew over my drawstring. My grommets were too small to be able to thread my string through with a safety pin if I waited till my hood was completely constructed. I need to buy the 15/32 size before I make anymore shirts for him. For this hood, I used my 1/4" grommets.
I have a Brother CV3550 and purchased a binder for it a while ago but just now decided to take the time to figure it out. It is quite intimidating just to look at, but don't let that scare you. Since this was for my son, I decided to finally figure it out and I'm thrilled with the results. I found it best to cut the binding fabric piece longer than the pattern suggests, by at least another 6 inches. I would rather waste a little then come up short. When I thread the fabric thru my binder, I like a good 3 or 4 inches to get my stitching started before I slip my shirt fabric in between the binding folds. This way I can make sure I have fed my fabric correctly, the fabric is folding at the end of the binder as it should, as well as checking to make sure my machine is stitching well. Once this is all good, it's smooth sailing at this point. You don't have to stretch or pull on anything but just guide your shirt fabric through and also keep an eye on the tail of your binding piece to make sure it hasn't somehow shifted and folded. I have very pointy tweezers that help to grab and slide the binding fabric through the binder.
And another pair of Moxie shorts...
This pair was for one of my daughters and I was so pleased to get the stripes all aligned. This print fabric was purchased from the Fabric Fairy.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley