Monday, April 11, 2016

B5493 Ruffled Tank

While doing some spring cleaning I came to a realization that I’m short on warm weather tops. I needed more easy to care for knit tops that can be dressed up for work, but be comfortable to wear when I’m running out into 100 degree weather in the summer.
Handmade Butterick B5493 ruffled tank top in black jersey knit

I had Butterick B5493 pattern unopened in my stash and went with the View D. This view was intended for knits due to the neckline, but I will try some of the other views in a knit next time as well and just size down.
By now you’re probably thinking that there’s nothing interesting about a black t-shirt, but I’ll try to keep your attention with scenic pictures and if that fails then hopefully you like ruffles.
Wearing Butterick B5493 ruffled tank top sewn from knit jersey

My niece was visiting Austin for the first time this week and we were doing a ton of sightseeing. Since the weather almost hit 90, it was perfect to try out my new sleeveless top. This picture doesn’t really showcase the details on the shirt, but I you can see I had full range of motion when jumping and more importantly you get to see the Pedernales falls in the background. Seriously though, the top was very comfy in the heat, yet dressy enough to wear to dinner later that evening.
Wearing black ruffled tank B5493
The fabric is basic black bamboo jersey. I got a few yards from Fabric Mart last year since it’s nice quality and  it’s so versatile. The top came together pretty quick. I serged at the seams, but I had to use regular sewing machine for attaching the ruffles. The only changes I made from the pattern was to take in the sides a bit because the smallest size was 8, shorten the bodice an take out a bit of fabric for swayback adjustments. 
Now I need to make half a dozen more of these. 

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