Behold the latest awesome-ness from Laura of Titchy Threads!
The Twisted Tank is officially (as declared by me) the coolest new boys pattern around and has just been released in time for our down-under summer! Of course it’s perfect for layering in cooler weather, but who would want to cover up all the diagonal fun?!
All boy sewing mums out there must have seen Laura’s amazing Small Fry Skinny Jeans pattern around the blogosphere – I’ve made two pairs here and here and have plans for a shorts version coming up in the next Kids Clothes Week. Laura is also the brains behind the super cute Fancy Pants pattern that I made here and that big boy of mine has named them his “cozy pants”.
The Twisted Tank is such a fun way to make an otherwise fairly basic wardrobe staple into something your kids want to wear all the time. It’s also a great way to use some gorgeous patterned knits paired with solids and I think this really highlights the fun patterns even more than if it was all pattern – make-a-da-sense??
Version & Mods
There’s only one version but there’s no need for anything else. Laura includes some handy instructions on how to lengthen the tank if required but the length on both my boys was perfect. No mods needed – it’s simple and perfect as is.
For Mr Little’s tank, I used two fairly poor quality jersey knits (from a chain store) that didn’t have great recovery. It didn’t seem to matter though – the fit was still great. Even enough room for that budda belly! Time will tell if the fabric holds up to multiple washes.
Mr 4’s tank was made from two types of cotton jersey (with spandex), the foxes from Ixat and the red solid was from a local place I discovered recently called Potter’s Textiles. The quality of this fabric is excellent and was only $9 a metre! I’ve been trying knits from a variety of sources recently and was so excited to find this place close by with such high quality fabric.
As with her other patterns, Laura’s pattern instructions are some of the best written I have come across. They include all the essential info you could need – size chart, fabric requirements, layout diagrams, tips for sewing knits etc etc. The step-by-step instructions with clear photographs are excellent and perfect for any beginner knit sewist to follow.
Labelled confident beginner only because it’s a knit pattern. Perfect for knit newbies to practice sewing on the ribbing collar and cuffs.
The fact that when making both tanks, I went through a stage of thinking “I’ve done it wrong, I’m not going to get that perfect point at the hem”. And both times – ta daaahhh!! It worked!
I also love that with all Laura’s patterns, she’s used a “layering” feature in her PDFs so that you print just the sizes that you choose (or all of them it you want). Or if you’re really lazy or hate sticky taping pages together (like me) there’s a large format version that you can take to your print shop –hurrah!
Have I convinced you yet??
If you’re quick, you can pop over and use the discount code SHOWCASE until Saturday night (20 Sept) and get 20% off all Laura’s patterns at the checkout. So quick! Go, go!!