Crew Neck Tank Top

I’ve got all the fancy blog titles today, but you know, this is a crew neck tank top 🙂 I tend to get stuck on the style of the tops that I make and don’t often mix things up. This top is a little different… just a little.

I was inspired by the shape and fit and colour of the current range of Gorman tops (the brand that I love, but never buy). To get this look I used the bodice of the crew neck Lark tee, then raised the armscye a little.

The fabric is stunning. It’s from Tessuti and still available here. It’s just the colour injection I needed to add to my wardrobe. I’ve worn this top at least once a week since I finished it, mostly with my new denim midi.

I think this is the most complimented outfit that I’ve made in recent times. Love it!

Style Arc Juno

When Style Arc released the Juno slip dress, I jumped online and snapped it up right away. Totally 90’s revival with the t-shirt underneath! I dreamed of wearing it just like the illustration, then I realised I looked stupid with a t-shirt and slip, so didn’t bother hemming the dress for over a month.

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Fast forward – the dress is now finished and even though I’m wearing it differently to how I imagined, it has grown on me and now, I finally like it. However, it did take a stinking hot day to appreciate the style and lightness of the rayon.
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The down side of this frock is you do have to wear a strapless bra, which is a pain in the bum, but at least it makes the dress cooler to wear.

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It was when I wore the dress just like this on a hot day that I realised I liked it. Simple with sandals.

My main gripe with the pattern is the cross over straps at the back. Like any cross back garment, it tends to billow out at the centre back, which isn’t ideal… unless you want people peering down your back at your undies. In my experience, unless a garment bodice is quite fitted, this will always happen with all cross straps. A pull over, slip dress however, is not fitted. I found the best way to increase everyday wearability, was to tie the straps to the loops straight and then together in the middle. It doesn’t offer the same look, but it does make it more wearable.

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I really like the dress now, and I anticipate it will get a lot of wear on stinking hot, humid Sydney days like today. BTW – the rayon was from Tessuti fabrics, purchased on a whim, then given to my mother and then stolen back when this pattern was release – cuz I’m like that.  🙂 Hide your fabric peeps!