Making basics is not a highlight of my sewing time, but it is a necessity.

Just a few basic knit tanks, both the same high neck, cut away sleeve look. 
Both are made with textured knits – the black from the Remnant Warehouse which was purchased during one of their recent sales and the white was re purposed from rather large, size 20 top from a cheapy shop. It only cost a few dollars for the top and it saved me a trip to a real fabric store.
I like the black top in particular and am quite chuffed that it looks almost identical to this top at Sussan which costs $70! Especially as the fabric for both tops cost less than $8. To speed up the construction, I simply turned the neck and arms under and cover stitched them. This finish, once you get the hang of it, is not dis similar to other commercially manufacturer garments and geez it’s quick!
I have also made myself a rash t-shirt. 
This came in handy over the weekend during our family camping trip. It’s much easier to body surf or boogie board without worrying about a wardrobe malfunction.
Not much longer till school holidays!
  • Bring on those school holidays I say… The countdown in our house is definitely on… Great basics too.

  • Great tops! Very inspiring. I must copy these next summer (it's almost cold winter here in Canada). Just curious, when are school holidays on your side of the planet?

  • Oh, I'm jealous about your summer holidays! I am not a fan of winter and we are just getting in to some cold weather here. I love making basics. I know they are not the most interesting thing to make or blog about, but they sure are practical. And because you sew them, you can make them exactly the way you want. Love the cut away sleeve.

  • I really like this high neckline/sporty sleeveless combo! So wearable and cute!

  • Thanks!

  • I try to like sewing them and I know they get more wear, there's just less of a 'wow' factor. Boo to winter! I feel for you 🙂

  • We have 5 weeks over summer, then two at Easter, two mid year and two in September. It works out that we have 4 approx 10 week terms.

  • Oh yeah! I hear ya!

  • Your tops look great as essential Summer basics #stylish.
    Rashies are very much prized in our house for Summer too.

  • I've got a rash vest high on my sewing list at the moment – did you use swimsuit fabric or SPF 50 fabric?

  • I just used swim suit fabric. I think it should be good enough 🙂

  • You are so prolific when it comes to sewing and all the lovely dresses you are making…..Well done!
    Keep up the good work and all the best.

  • I love basics and yours are great! Can you share what pattern you used for the rashie please?

  • Basics are always necessary and are great if they fill a need in your wardrobe!

  • I really like the cut of these tops. We all need basics even though boring to sew!