Stashbusting for Summer Part 3

Another post in which I share my efforts to use up some of my ‘fabric stash beyond life expectancy’.

  A couple of years I bought two lengths of scuba fabric to make tunic tops for my daughter. One was a floral which I used but, for a reason I can’t remember, the top wasn’t successful so it’s in the scrap bin for possible use in a future project.

The other was this one featuring various tattoo designs.

Scuba Fabric Tattoo Design

I don’t think even one of you liked it and I didn’t either – it was the daughter’s choice – so it has languished in the fabric stash ever since, only narrowly avoiding being given to the charity shop/thrift store/op shop (insert whatever these places are called in your part of the world).

Recently a free pattern for a tank top using stretch fabric was brought to my attention and I thought, as the bare minimum of fabric in proportion to flesh and other clothing would be on show, this might actually work for the garish stuff.

Photo from Halfmoon Atelier

This is the Super Basic Tank Top pattern by Halfmoon Atelier which you can find  here and,  if you sign up for their newsletter, the pattern is free.

There are two methods on how to do an FBA (full bust adjustment) included in the instructions and I followed the easier method and graded between a size 6 at the bust and size 5 for the waist and hips.  However, that made the armholes too big on me so I just used the size 5 for all measurements on the actual garment.  Of course, being a pattern for knit fabrics, this could vary.  The next time I make it, if the fabric is more or less stretchy than the one I used this time, I could need to go down or up a size.  These are the little things that make life so exciting.

I love the back which is also scooped deeply but not deep enough to show your bra.

In fact, it’s difficult to tell which is front and which is back so I put a label in in case I get confused.

Scuba fabric is a little weird as it has a slightly spongy feel and it is definitely not a fabric to keep you cool in hot weather but, on the plus side, it doesn’t fray, it takes colours and prints beautifully, has a good amount of stretch and, I find at least, it’s easy to sew with.

So, out of the stash bin and onto my body.

Less is definitely more with this fabric so I think it works really well as a vest rather than, as originally envisioned, a tunic with 3/4 length sleeves.

Super Tank Top Back View

This is the nearest I’m ever going to get to having a tattoo.  My sister has a daisy chain tattooed round her ankle and said it was worse than childbirth which is my benchmark for pain and, if it had been me, I’d have stopped at just one daisy – although, funnily enough,  I didn’t stop at just one child.

So, do you like the fabric a little better now?

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  1. #1 by thecontentedcrafter on June 12, 2019 - 09:12

    I do like it! You are so right it makes a fabulous minimal top and the back is perfect! And should you need to put a plain light jacket or cardi or shawl over it the pop of colour will still be fab……

    • #2 by tialys on June 12, 2019 - 09:43

      Thanks Pauline. I think it would go well under a light, cropped denim jacket but then I’d have to change the jeans out for something else lest I’m accused of doing the ‘double-denim’ 😱 even though it’s apparently ‘on trend’ this year. I still won’t do it though.

  2. #3 by nottaholiday on June 12, 2019 - 09:20

    I like the fabric, it will give a nice pop of colour under a top layer as well. Haha just read the previous comment, so we are on the same wavelength. Scooped back is nice too. And a bit envious too, going down a size for your waist – never going to happen here.

    • #4 by tialys on June 12, 2019 - 09:47

      I’ve always had this ‘problem’ since being a teenager. My (younger) life was changed when they started selling bikinis in separate pieces so you could buy a different size top and bottom.

  3. #5 by katechiconi on June 12, 2019 - 09:22

    I have to say, as a garment the fabric is a lot less, um, unsophisticated. It doesn’t read as tattoo-patterned when you have it on, which is good, because if you’ve never been tempted to have one you don’t really want to wear designs like that on your body. Under a shirt or jacket it will just read as a splashy pattern, and given that it’s not a cool fabric, I don’t think you’ll wear it without something else on top. Nice pattern, great fit, excellent stash-busting!

    • #6 by tialys on June 12, 2019 - 09:53

      Well, I’ve nothing against the artistry of tattoo designs per se but I’m not a fan of them on skin and on my skin in particular.
      I’m glad you said ‘stashbusting’ at the end as I realised I’d called the post ‘scrapbusting’ by mistake – I must have had Saturday’s Scraphappy post in mind.

      • #7 by katechiconi on June 12, 2019 - 10:54

        I’m not a huge fan of the 1950s tatt style, I must say.
        I hadn’t even realised about scrap vs stash…. Hope it didn’t come across wrong, as if I was try to correct you in a not very subtle way.

      • #8 by tialys on June 13, 2019 - 08:23

        No, not at all x

  4. #9 by itwasjudith on June 12, 2019 - 09:28

    An excellent result and stylish look. Win win!

    • #10 by tialys on June 12, 2019 - 09:56

      Thank you – I can’t think what else I could have made with it so I’m counting it as a successful stashbusting exercise.

      • #11 by itwasjudith on June 12, 2019 - 10:42

        It definitely is! And very wearable too 🙂
        Well done!

  5. #12 by claire93 on June 12, 2019 - 10:01

    well I was one of the “don’t likes” when you showed us this fabric, but wow! it really looks lovely all made up into a top! Who’d have thought, eh?
    Seeing as how you made this one to your size . . . does this mean you’ll make a second for the daughter who chose the fabric in the first place?

    • #13 by tialys on June 12, 2019 - 10:14

      Actually, the one I’m wearing is the second one I made and is possibly going to eldest daughter in the U.K. as, even though it wasn’t her who originally chose the fabric, I can just see her wearing this. Firstly, I made one with the FBA for me but the armholes don’t fit quite as snuggly so, although I could wear it around the house and under a jacket, it’s not such a good fit on me as this one is. I still have enough to make, either a slightly more cropped version for youngest or I’m wondering about making her one with a solid colour back and tattoo front or, even, colour blocking it with, say the solid colour down to waist level and a band of tattoos round the bottom. It’s so quick to make that I could experiment and that would be the end of the tattoo fabric which would be a very happy stashbusting result.

  6. #14 by Kim on June 12, 2019 - 10:44

    It looks great!

  7. #16 by Laurie Graves on June 12, 2019 - 15:21

    I love it, and had I been following your blog earlier, I would have been the dissenting voice. But no double denim? W-H-A-T??!! I came of age during the 1970s, when you could never have too much denim. 😉

    • #17 by tialys on June 13, 2019 - 08:21

      Well, you know what fashion’s like – it’s in, it’s out, then it’s back in again. Anyway, it’s in again now so you’ll be back on trend 😊

  8. #19 by teatimechic on June 12, 2019 - 21:29

    Lovely idea! The idea of using a minimalist design for a bolder print is excellent. It came out beautifully.

  9. #21 by sew2pro on June 12, 2019 - 23:00

    I also like the fabric, and I think it’s great we can wear tattoos without the long-term commitment of actually getting real ones. Maybe this is the perfect vest top for such a summer as this: cold and damp. So success: whether destined for UK or FR.
    Thanks for the pattern tip too

    • #22 by tialys on June 13, 2019 - 08:19

      I see from the (tabloid) headlines that you’re in for another ‘phew what a scorcha’ though aren’t you? I just love reading the British press on the weather – they must be getting fed up with Brexit.

  10. #23 by lovelucie1 on June 12, 2019 - 23:16

    A surprisingly successful fabric rescue!!! I will now look at some of my ‘what on earth was I thinking’ stash in a new light!!

    • #24 by tialys on June 13, 2019 - 08:17

      I’ve still got some I’m pretty sure was a mistake but, after this, I’ll give it some serious thought before the charity shop ‘benefits’.

  11. #25 by Jamie@hookthisweavethat on June 12, 2019 - 23:36

    It has a little look of Emporio Armani style. Looks great.

    • #26 by tialys on June 13, 2019 - 08:15

      Ooh, yes, that sounds much posher than ‘trailer trash chic’ 🤣

  12. #27 by KerryCan on June 13, 2019 - 12:02

    I, too, end up liking it! I like how the peacock is kind of on your tummy and I love your labels!

    • #28 by tialys on June 14, 2019 - 08:14

      I don’t mind the peacock on my tummy, I just tried to be careful what I positioned over the bust area 😃

  13. #29 by CurlsnSkirls on June 14, 2019 - 02:56

    Don’t remember the fabric, Lynn. Sorry! But I do reeeally like both the pattern and the fabric as used here. Wonderful pops of colour to brighten up your day! Got the pattern—thank you!

    • #30 by tialys on June 14, 2019 - 08:15

      Thanks Del – I’m sure you’ll make something lovely with the pattern.

      • #31 by CurlsnSkirls on June 14, 2019 - 19:25

        ‘Twill be difficult to top your gorgeous version, and as I’ve not your svelte anatomy, will definitely not be modeling it! 🙀

      • #32 by CurlsnSkirls on June 18, 2019 - 17:17

        Cutting the pattern out and reading directions last night, I was quite impressed, particularly with her instructions on how to measure stretch in a fabric, the percentage needed for that pattern, and how to adapt it for fabric with different stretchabilities. Her advice on different cup sizes, as you mentioned, is great. But boy, is that thing ever long! It could be a tunic at my height, if I were skinny as you! Am having fun with it and will report anon. 😘

      • #33 by tialys on June 19, 2019 - 09:12

        How strange! I did read somebody else had shortened the length by 2 inches as they usually do because of being short waisted and I did consider it myself as I’m only 5’3″. But I didn’t do it and think it’s just the right length. Is your fabric a sort of heavy, 4-way stretch viscose? Looking forward to seeing your version emerge.

      • #34 by CurlsnSkirls on June 19, 2019 - 20:11

        Measuring last night I’ve taken up the pattern 3″ to begin, and turns out I’m also 5’3″. I think I’m going to toile with more of the red & white stripe I just used. It’s a cotton knit with 60% stretch.

  14. #35 by kathyreeves on June 15, 2019 - 04:13

    A total save there!

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