The day is scheduled with many awesome makers who will lead you through all kinds of projects from craft sewing to quilting to fashion sewing. What am I teaching? Join me for an hour of garment construction as I show you how to sew the Tate Top, an original racerback sewing pattern designed by and drafted by me for WORKROOM SOCIAL.
The Tate Top is named after the Tate Modern in London, which is where the initial idea for this pattern was born. Back during #NYLON2014 I was sharing some of my excitement and also nervousness about a sewing pattern line I’ve been developing over the past several years (more on this soon!) with Rachel, Devvie, Clio, and Vicki. They thought it’d be a fun idea to debut the sewing patterns with a free pattern download, a simple yet stylish tank top.
The Tate Top is a racerback style tank top with a high neckline, neckline darts, and a center back zipper. The pattern comes in two versions and two lengths. The first version is a modern squared racerback and the second, a more traditional round (shown here). Both versions come in cropped and hip lengths with a slight high-low hem. I can’t wait to make more hip-length versions, which will be so perfect for fall layering!
The version here is the 6th or 7th sample I’ve made, and it’s definitely my favorite. It’s a blush colored silk charmeuse. I love the way it shines! (But I don’t love the way the shine accentuates my puckering seam. Yikes!)
Now, let’s take a slight detour to talk about this skirt. I wore this outfit to the Husqvarna Viking Dealer Convention last week where both Devon and I represented The Sewing Party. I knew I wanted to wear my Tate Top sample, but I needed a skirt, so I ended up very last minute sewing this skirt completely by hand in my hotel room the night before the event. The design is a pattern of mine previously drafted, but to save myself some work, I simplified the silhouette by removing the side seams and making the whole thing out of one piece of fabric.
The fabric is a poly crinkle georgette, and I just love the way the unfinished hem looks on this fabric. It’s a look I stole from my wedding dress.
Since this tank top is a super easy make, the download will not come with sewing instructions. However, I hope you’ll join me over at The Sewing Party as I walk you through all the steps required to make this top. I’ll even be answering questions live after the class.
The Tate Top will be available for download a little closer to November 8th, but in the meantime, I’m currently looking for some talented sewers with a bit of style and personality to show me how they can take this pattern and really make it their own. Interested in more? Email a link to your blog and a little about yourself to hello @ workroomsocial.com with TATE STYLE in the subject line.
Can’t wait to hear from you!