Summer Daze + Wiksten Tank

I do not drink 21st Amendment Brewery’s Hell or High Watermelon because the can is so darn good looking, but it is definitely a plus.  As a lover of stouts and porters, this is the only wheat beer I can say I really enjoy… and during a “heat wave” or whatever you want to call it, it’s pretty much perfect: light, just a bit fruity (and not sweet at all, I hate sweet beers), with a really smooth ending. Happy fourth!

It also happens to match the Wiksten Tank that I sewed up for myself yesterday. I had previously made a size S, but found it was a bit too big and ended up giving it to a friend… this XS version worked out perfectly. The fabric is a Marc Jacobs cotton crepe I bought from Fabricmart back in February.

I had previously earmarked this fabric for a dress, but I haven’t been feeling up to the challenge of fitting something more complicated. I still have a long way to go in my understanding of sewing until I’ll be able to alter and draft patterns to my liking. However, this tank pattern is so basic and flattering that it is really the first thing I’ve ever sewn that I know I will actually wear! I love it.

The only thing holding me back from making more is the fact that it did take me about 3 hours in total (from cutting fabric through sewing and finishing). I’m really not sure how some people can turn out these tops in 1.5 hours! And I burned my fingers on the iron about five times; I had quite a time dealing with turning under all those curved hems.

I did, however, manage to perfectly match the fabric pattern on the pocket… completely by accident. The scrappy piece I haphazardly cut for the pocket just matched up exactly where the pattern indicated to attach it. You didn’t even notice there was a pocket, did you? Thats how good it is. Magic.

In other news, I’m currently on one of my favorite vacations ever: one in the comfort of my own home. We took a weekend trip to Baltimore to visit friends (see photos above! the pool, sadly, is not mine), and since then I’ve been filling my days quietly with whatever it is I want to do. There is nothing better.

In addition to the Wiksten Tank, I’ve been working on lots of other things in the last month. I sewed a couple of pillows for the new couch: a sort of abstract Pittsburgh map applique, and an Instagram pillow (using some extra fabric  from my coaster diy). I love the Pittsburgh pillow mostly because I love this city, but also because it doesn’t hit you over the head with BLACK AND GOLD and PITTSBURGH SPORTS TEAM. I prefer to declare my love in a slightly more subtle fashion.

Once again, it’s been almost a whole month since my last post. More soon, I promise! After all, I still have four more days of staycation left to become a prolific blogger! Ha.