This is the Aurora Tank Top by Seamwork (Colette). This is the first time I tried one of their patterns and I’m quite happy with it!
I bought the pattern while Colette was having a sale and loved making the first one so much that I went a bit crazy and made three. This green and purple one is made of cotton jersey that I purchased online from Mood Fabrics. It is so soft and drapey and I just love it. This is by far my favourite of the three tanks because the fabric feels so luxurious. I have no affiliation with Mood, but seriously, go buy some — you’ll love it. 🙂
I love the curving hemline as well as the pleat at the back yoke. These design features plus the gathered straps at the front make this much more interesting than just a basic tank.
I finally found a use for my husband’s old T-shirt I had been hanging onto for a refashion.
Funny story about this one: as I was attaching the black yoke, I noticed my fingers were picking up dye from the fabric. I’d had this fabric in my stash forever and I couldn’t remember whether I’d pre washed it or not. (I wasn’t automatically pre washing everything as soon as I got it home when I first got back into sewing a few years ago, but I do now.) Rather than detaching the yoke and rinsing it separately with vinegar to try to remove and set the running dye — I mean, that’s what a REASONABLE person would do, right? — I tried to rinse out the black fabric while it was still attached to the cream fabric! Notice the purplish dye that seeped onto the front straps in this next pic? What a goof I am. Anyway, most of the purplish dye came out when I hand washed the whole thing a few days later, so crisis averted. I don’t know why the universe is so good to me. 😛
Two new Aurora Tanks? Still not enough! Must make another! You know, it’s funny, Helena from Gray All Day made a bunch of Aurora tanks one after another last summer and I remember seeing them and thinking they were cute, but not thinking they’d be something I’d sew. It wasn’t until after I bought the pattern and started sewing that I rediscovered Helena’s posts about them. Seems we are kindred spirits on the Must-Keep-Sewing-Aurora-Tanks issue. I’m betting we may have similar problems with potato chips or chocolate. 😉
This third one is made of a fairly icky polyester knit. It’s not terrible but it feels like driving a Soviet-era Lada while the green cotton jersey one is like driving a Ferrari (neither of which I have driven, I might add, so I actually have no idea if that analogy is appropriate or not. Let’s assume so, though, k?). This one seems to have turned into a pyjama top in the meantime which seems like a good use for it.
- I cut the neckline a centimetre or two lower on the green and cream versions. Other bloggers mentioned the fairly high neckline so I just went ahead and did it. I forgot to do it on the pink version and I do find the neckline too high.
- I cut away about 1.5 cm around the bottom of the armholes as well. If you’re planning to make this I think you’ll find this a necessary adjustment as the armholes will be quite small otherwise.
- I added about 2 cm extra length to the hemlines.
- I followed Helena from Gray All Day’s advice on how to attach the front straps to the yoke so that the seam is entirely enclosed inside and out. Well worth doing — no seam allowances showing on the inside or possibly peeking out the sides of the straps.
- On the cream and pink tanks, I also enclosed the back yoke seam on the inside. I should’ve done this on the green version, but didn’t think of it. You can see the difference it makes below:
Overall I am very pleased with this pattern. It is a quick and satisfying make, and I’m delighted to have been able to repurpose an old T-shirt for one of them. Highly recommended!
Have you ever made multiple versions of a pattern one after the other? I’d love to hear about it.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by for a read. 😀