Hi sewing friends! As usual, at the end of Summer I’ve gotten the itch to sew more Summer clothes. Does this happen to you? We should still have a few more weeks of weather warm enough to wear shorts, skirts, and Summer dresses so I haven’t shifted to cooler weather sewing just yet.
I felt like I needed some new knit tank tops so I decided to make another couple of Chalk + Notch Pony tanks. I made one a few years ago and I really like the pattern, but I have to admit that I got lazy about sewing that v-neck so I only made the one. I decided it was finally time to take the extra 2 minutes to sew the v-neck and I made myself a new solid navy Pony and a striped one that I’ll have to show off later.
Since I made my first Pony tank the pattern has been updated with an expanded size range. It’s available in sizes 0-30 with 2 bust cup options. It goes up to 58″ bust and 59″ hip. It also has a cropped view that was a new addition. My first one wasn’t getting much wear because it was feeling too long so I chopped off a few inches and re-hemmed it. I like it even more in the shorter length. For this navy Pony, I cut at the cropped length but added an inch for my height.
I also decided to go up a size from my first Pony. This one is a size 10, based on my full bust measurement. My high bust is actually closer to the size 12 but this fabric is really stretchy and I like the fit. The fabric I used is a tencel blend jersey that I got from Goldie Olding Fabrics. It is very nice fabric and I only needed a yard to make this tank! Yay!
I blended out to a size 12 at the hem area for my tank. But then I decided that I wanted it to be a little less swingy so I slashed and overlapped the pattern to take out about an inch of ease from the bust down on the front and back pieces. I probably could have just cut a straight size 10 to get a similar effect. Oh well!
My skirt is the True Bias Mave skirt. The pattern comes in 2 size ranges 0-18 and 14-30. (Up to 50.5″ waist and 59.5″ hip.)I tested this pattern but I don’t think I ever posted my test version on the blog. I love the pattern so I made another one right away. This one is actually my third and I’ve since made a 4th Mave! I’ll have to get photos of those other two because I love both of them a whole lot.
I bought this fabric designed by Katie Kortman from D&H Fabrics a few years ago. I knew I wanted to make it into a skirt but I couldn’t ever decide on which pattern to use. I’m so glad that I decided on the Mave skirt for it! I love the cute ruffle. The fabric is so fun and I think this flirty silhouette is perfect for it.
I made one construction change when I sewed this Mave. I modified the pocket pattern piece so that it was tall enough to anchor the top of the pocket into the waistband. I always prefer to have an inseam pocket that won’t flap around from the front to the back while I’m wearing the garment. (There is a tutorial on the True Bias blog for how to make this change if you haven’t done it before.)
My skirt is a size 12 graded to a 16 at the hips. I added about 2.5″ (I think) to the length for my height. I used all of the fabric I had when I made this or I probably would have made it another inch longer. I love that this pattern has so many options included for different lengths and different amounts of tiers (or no tiers at all!) It’s a fun sew and a fun pattern to wear.
Thanks for reading!