Friday, July 10, 2015

Nani Iro EN GARDEN Fabric Challenge

Its not very often that I find a fabric that has all of my favorite colors, pretty flowers, a subtle bird, is lightweight and just gorgeous. So when Rachael stocked this nani IRO EN GARDEN double gauze, in green, I knew I had to have it. *The green is currently on reorder but there is a beautiful pink available here. Two blogging friends (who are also contributors over at Imagine Gnats) and I were talking about all the wonderful things we would each make with this fabric and the subject of a little competition came up. The challenge was accepted by everyone and here we are!
We each had 1.5 yards of this fabric (provided by Imagine Gnats) to work with and there were no rules. Just sew something that you love!  Scroll down to see what I sewed and be sure to stop over and see what Ajaire ( and Brooke ( made. I'm dying to see what they put together. I know each of their items is going to be just fabulous!

I knew that I would be keeping this fabric for myself (sorry Miette) and a summer tank top was just perfect. I searched my pattern stash for the perfect pattern and found one of my favorite vintage top patterns. Simplicity 6464, from 1974. I made one last year in black and white gingham and its one of my most worn makes. And also one that I've never blogged about!

I love the simplicity of this top. With the fabric being such a busy pattern, I wanted to keep it simple. I sewed version 3 with some alterations. I added about 4 inches to the length, omitted the rick-rack trim and the waistline casing. The last one I made was just a little snug around the chest so I made this one just a little bigger and its too big! I'll probably go back and adjust the back snaps to make a better fit.
There is a subtle side seam bust dart which is one of those things that I'm not sure is completely necessary but I decided to keep it anyway. I topstitched the front band using a golden yellow thread then I decided to do a blind hem stitch for the bottom. And my hem kind of looks uneven in this picture so I'm going to have to check that out! It could be the way that I'm standing or one strap could be shorter. Should be an easy fix.

This top will be on heavy rotation this summer and fall! I absolutely love it.

There was enough fabric left over for something small so I made a single loop infinity scarf. A beautiful, lightweight scarf for summer! And I made this top a few weeks ago using the Basics Tank pattern from Cali Faye Collection and Brussels washer linen blend in Ocean from the Imagine Gnats shop. I sewed a Medium (my measurements actually fit into the large but when I sewed that it was a little big) and the fit is perfect.


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