sewing, women

Halla Color-blocked Stardust Tank

These last couple of days I’ve been sharing two things I was able to make with 1 yard of MK*Designs “Evil” Melted Crayon (a dress for my daughter and a hoodie and pants for my son)! Today, I’m showing you my last make – I use a piece of it to color-block the Halla Stardust Tank (pattern is free when you join the Halla Patterns Facebook Group!). And, I STILL have a little bit leftover! I might use it to make undies or something… but that will have to wait for another day!

With judicious use of beautiful custom prints, you can really make them go far!

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About the Pattern

This is my third time making this pattern – I shared the star version earlier in the month. The top comes in four different styles (2 color blocks, a star, and a solid version). It also comes with or without waistband. As I did last time, I graded out at the hip (0 at bust, 4 at waist, 6 at hip). With the color-block version though, I discovered I couldn’t easily grade out because of the way the pattern had been nested. So, in the end I took the solid pattern piece (already adjusted to my measurements), traced it onto a folded sheet of paper, used the color block piece to determine where I needed the color block to go, then cut that out and taped on 1/4″ strip of paper to each piece.

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About the Fabric

Pink is usually not my color, but since I used it on my daughter’s dress, I thought I should use it here too. I think it makes it look pretty sporty :-). I used my coverstitch machine to reverse coverstitch the pink to the melted crayon, and then used regular coverstitch for the waistband and bindings. The stripes are actually horizontal stripes (from Purple Seamstress) that I turned sideways. I was worried this move might affect the stretchiness of the bands, but they seem fine.

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Today is your day to score some of this gorgeous “Evil” Melted Crayon from MK*Designs! This cotton lycra is soft, thick, and wonderful to sew! It will be available for limited retail at 4pm CST! Set that alarm if you want some!!

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