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Introducing Charlotte & The Foxglove Duo!

Doesn’t it sound like it could be a band!? :) Charlotte and the Foxglove Duo… LIVE at the Apollo!

So today was very exciting. I was finishing up my Foxglove tanks this morning and guess what the post man dropped off!??!

:D

Dritz Twin Fit Adjustable Dress Form | Life by Ky Blog

Meet Charlotte. She is my slightly early birthday gift from Danny and I love her already!

Dritz Twin Fit Adjustable Dress Form | Life by Ky Blog

She is the Dritz Twin Fit adjustable dress form, size small. She got her name right out of the box. I said ‘ooo what should I name her’ and Danny said ‘you should name her Charlotte’. Aaaand DONE! Don’t ask me where he comes up with this stuff. But I think it’s perfect. It’s such a nice name. Like Charlotte York or Charlotte, North Carolina (a place I’ve never been, but in my head it’s very beautiful).

Dritz Twin Fit Adjustable Dress Form | Life by Ky Blog

So I thought it only fitting to have Charlotte help me take photos of my Foxglove tanks! I wanted to make a few of these anyway, so it was good timing for the TMS Indie Pattern Month One Pattern Two Takes Challenge.

Selvage Designs Foxglove Tank | Life by Ky Blog

Pattern: Selvage Designs Foxglove Tank (

TAKE ONE: To start, I pulled out the fabric I had planned to use for my Syrah Skirt originally. It’s a jersey knit I got in my December KnitFix from Girl Charlee. After deciding the stripes would overwhelm me in skirt form, I decided I needed to make it into a racerback tank. I was going between the Free Spirit Tank, the Spoxxy Top, and the Foxglove. Foxglove won out because I really love the hemline and I wanted to play around with wovens too :)

Selvage Designs Foxglove Tank | Life by Ky Blog

I serged the inner seams and used knit strips as binding. All of the binding turned out well except the back of the neckline is a little wonky where I should have stretched the binding a little more.

Selvage Designs Foxglove Tank | Life by Ky Blog

I got a wider twin needle, which I love — it doesn’t get caught up as much as my other one — but I can see where tunneling could become a problem.

Selvage Designs Foxglove Tank | Life by Ky Blog Selvage Designs Foxglove Tank | Life by Ky Blog

TAKE TWO: For my second version, I wanted to try a woven. I used a vintage sheet from my grandma stash. She only had about half the sheet left which makes me wonder what she made out of the other half! I’ve been waiting for just the right pattern for this and I think I found it.

Selvage Designs Foxglove Tank | Life by Ky Blog

Vintage Sheet into Foxglove Tank | Life by Ky Blog

I had to piece it together, but luckily the Foxglove tank calls for that anyway. The flower pattern ended up matching up in the back but not the front. I still think it works. I also had some yellow leftover fabric from my dwarf costume belts so I finally put my bias tape maker to use (that I got for Christmas…) to make the bias tape for the neckline and arms. This was my first time doing a bias tape binding this way and I love how it turned out. You can see the yellow through the fabric, but not in a bad way.

Selvage Designs Foxglove Tank | Life by Ky Blog Selvage Designs Foxglove Tank | Life by Ky Blog

I used her clean finish technique on the front, back, and shoulder seams, and added some color to get some nice topstitching.

Selvage Designs Foxglove Tank | Life by Ky Blog

Selvage Designs Foxglove Tank | Life by Ky Blog

I used french seams on the side seams and a narrow hem at the bottom. I just can’t get over how nice the inside looks when there are no visible seams. Maybe I’m finally getting over my fear of wovens…. maybe ;)

Selvage Designs Foxglove Tank | Life by Ky Blog

So there you have it. One pattern, two takes! Which do you like the best? I’m partial to the flowers but the stripes are so comfy. I can’t decide!

Selvage Designs Foxglove Tank | Life by Ky Blog

Selvage Designs Foxglove Tank | Life by Ky Blog

Is that enough pictures for one post?

Yes? Okay, here’s one more anyway!

Selvage Designs Foxglove Tank | Life by Ky Blog

Until next time,

Ky

16 Comments

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  2. jen says

    They both turned out super cute — and I’m on the opposite side, perferring wovens to my fear of knits! :)

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    • Thanks!! Yea I don’t know why I’m so scared of wovens — I think it’s the pressure of getting the right fit :/ But that’s half the fun, I guess :)

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  3. Congratulations to Charlotte! :) I like how the twin needel gives a really professional touch to your knit version. And the woven one lookes perfect for summer, light and comfy. Good luck for IPM. :)

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