Taos Top View B

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Confession time!! When it comes to sewing for myself I am still a newbie. I get the fit wrong quite a lot and have at TON to learn about adjustments. This is one reason I like to take you along on my journey. I know there are plenty of others out there struggling along the same path. Let's do it together! Maybe, we can help each other along the way.

When I first put on the Taos Top by Threadbear Garments that I made during testing, I loved it! Then, I sat down to edit the photos, and saw things I didn't like. Fabric pulling around the neckline and bust primarily. I don't think we need to over analyze photos of ourselves (that can certainly lead us down a rabbit hole), but the light and shadows can reveal things we may have missed before. Photos can be a valuable tool, so don't be afraid to use them!

This time, I sewed up View B of the Taos Top in sweater knit from Joann Fabric. Based on my measurements I fall between an 8 and 10 in the bust and between a 6 and 8 in the hip. I don't like anything too form fitting around my waist and hips, so the most important measurement for me is that bust. As much as I hate to admit it, I tend to size down because I like the sound of that number so much better. Palm to face, I know. That's vanity speaking, and as a sewist, we know that removing fabric is possible. Adding fabric is not. 

For the test version, I sewed a straight size 8. This time I went with the size 10 at the bust, and graded down to a size 8 below the waist. Look at that! No weird pulling. The fabric type helps too, but the fit is so much better. It helped with tightness under my arms too.

I only added 1/2" in length to this version, and it hits just right. Those pretty princess seam lines, cowl neck, and side vents make this more than a basic tank!

I'm far from ready to tackle pants sewing, but these pants are super similar to the Hey June Handmade Bryce Cargos. The Taos Top and Bryce Cargos would made a great pair!

What fit issues do you find scariest or hold you back? Yes, I made an error in judgement sewing my first Taos Top, but I learned something. That makes it far from a loss. Chin up and sew on!!
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