A few months ago, Becky Nohava (see her Instagram here) posted a photo of a top in Knitpop that she had hacked to have the most amazing back- like no pattern I had ever seen (and I’ve seen a few!). It was quite popular, but I was too intimidated to try it myself without a little help, so I, (along with many others) begged her for a tutorial. She totally came through for us, making a whole video on the hack!
And then I sat on it. I have a million excuses, but I can tell you I was feeling GUILTY guilty guilty. She went to all that work, and deserved some gratification and appreciation. Plus, I still NEEDED that top!
When I received the strike off from Hushabye Fabric, I knew it was time to act! Before cutting into my strike off, I had to try the hack on another fabric- one I loved, so I would do my best work, but not something irreplaceable. Knitpop Premium Yoga fabric stood out from the crowd (and it really is a crowd…I desperately need more shelves!).
Becky’s video was excellent, and walked me through without any issues. I chose to use the Halla Stardust Tank (free if you join their group!) for my base, since I knew it fit well from previous makes (here and here). I made my fabric tubes for the back a bit skinnier than she has in the video (1″ before sewing and turning), and I like the look for this fitted top.
Washaway wondertape came in handy again in holding the strips of fabric in place as I sewed them down, and a good sewing gauge is helpful in making sure they’re evenly spaced.
I did have some challenges with gaping that I am going to try to fix by tacking the overlap down, or taking some length off the top and bottom edges in my next version, but overall I really love these tanks! They look like something LuluLemon would sell for a boatload of money….and they’re custom fit for me for much less! Edit: Becky also reommends stabilizing the edges of the cut out with fusible tape (this is what I use) and will try next time!
Once I was confident in the fit, I cut into my Lion panel and coordinate from Hushabye Fabric. The coffee color is nicely heathered, and the print is just gorgeous and intricate.
I think the geometric shape of the back criss-cross highlights the mandala like design of the prints- a great match between fabric and pattern (hack). Thanks for the inspriation Becky!
If you haven’t taken a look at her tutorial, check it out here (embedded with her permission), and don’t forget to follow her on Instagram for more inspiration!
A post wouldn’t be complete without a pic of everyone’s favorite photo-bomber- she was supposed to be in bed, but refused to go down- I think she secretly likes being a part of all the action (and the unlimited supply of goldfish crackers and cheerios she gets while she waits)!
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