29 November, 2010
With dimensions: a trapezoid tanktop design
Continuing with my variations on the pleating theme, I thought to simplify the overlapping fronts plus shoulder pleats with this design:
The neckline is bound with not-quite-45-degrees bias, armholes are folded over twice, side seams frenched, and the bottom band is doubled and stitched in the ditch. Not a single raw or serged edge to be seen anywhere! The top uses practically every scrap of exactly one yard of 42" width fabric.
Edit: by request, actual measurements.
Main body: 79 cm/31" wide x 112cm/44" long, folded in half along the top. Because the fabric is very light and hard to cut perfectly straight, I allowed 2cm/0.75" for each double fold on the sleeves. The bottom is tapered to 56cm/22" wide. The diagonals start 21.5cm/8.5" below the fold, and that's also where diagonal seam ends. The front neckline is cut in a curve that drops it about 3.5cm/1.5" lower than the back, which is straight across.
Bottom band: a single piece of fabric, 109cm/43" x 20.5cm/8". I attached it after only one vertical/diagonal seam was sewn, and then sewed it closed in one go with the other vertical/diagonal seam.
The pants, a teeny beige-white pinstripe, are a silk-linen blend from Michael's.