I’ve been eagerly anticipating the latest pattern from Inde designer, Maria Denmark. I mean it’s the basics that are the indispensables, right? Add Maria Denmark’s drafting & fit that suits me perfectly into the mix & it’s bound to be a scruffy badger winner.
I make no excuses for being a true Maria Denmark super fan, I’ve made her Day to Night Drape Top a few times, her Birgitte basic tee a few times and of course the Kirsten Kimono sleeve t-shirt. I’ve also made the Audrey dress, but it’s waiting to be worn & blogged about in cooler times, but is truly simply gorgeous too – another indispensable.
So when Maria named her basic vest/ tank top “Just a Tank top” I can understand that she’s not claiming any complex design. This is a simple classic well fitting knit top afterall. It is what it says it is. But still, I love Maria’s fit of all of the knit patterns she’s created & this is no exception.
She also tends to use neat methods for neck & arm binding – in the case of this tank it’s the nice & tidy fabric binding. You can see it more clearly on the orange top below. You can have some fun with contrast or ribbing – or keep it the same as your main fabric. Simple. right?
So I made both of these at the same time on my overlocker. They are a breeze to make, honest. Maria’s instructions are also very clear, using photographs to illustrate the steps. I used my regular machine to secure the neck/arm binding seam allowances in place with twin needle top stitching once attached.
And in case you were wondering, both of these tops were left unhemmed until I took possession of my coverstitch machine & were the guinea pigs to see what it’s like to hem with such a fabbie machine. I have only had the chance to play with it for 1.5 hours so far, and can’t wait to get a bit more confident. (The pics of the orange one are BC – before coverstitch, but has since been finished with a nice three needle coverstitch.)
The orange top is made using sports fabric from UK Fabrics Online as a running top. You can see my red cheeks? That’s a good 40 minutes after a 12 mile run the other weekend – before our heatwave. As a personal preference this would be a shorter distance running top though, as I need more air circulating around my bod when I go longer distances. I prefer a less fitted running top, not to say that this won’t get worn – on the contrary – it gets worn on the shorter evening runs & is a huge hit.
The white is made using some cotton/ synthetic blend eyelet jersey I bought exceedingly cheaply at the Rag Market last year (not so clear in this light – apols). It’s a perfect little summer vest. Looks great with my Tania culottes, & of course looks like a match made in heaven with my lace embellished shorts!
I shall be returning to this pattern Maria – it’s a clear winner, a wonderful fit, as always. Hurrah!