This is the fitted tank top from Alabama Studio Sewing and Design made out of two XL t-shirts I picked up at Goodwill. I made a quick muslin from another old t-shirt and decided to alter the neckline a bit, but I really like the fit of this version. I would actually call this one a second muslin because my big undertaking is going to be a dress.
I used the Paisley stencil (available for free on the Alabama Chanin website) in a backstitch reverse applique. The first panel probably took a week to complete, but fortunately, the second went a little faster. I left the back panels plain because I can't see them when I'm wearing this top. :-) Other than raising the neckline, I followed the instructions in the book to letter, sewing each seam by hand.
There is something so soothing and organic about handsewing. It is the perfect activity to keep me feeling productive while I binge-watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and it's especially fun to see the design come together. I am so glad the sun made an appearance this weekend so that I had a chance to wear this top. I've been experimenting with ways to layer on cardigans, but I think a top like this just needs to be on display, not layered under frumpy sweaters and scarves. Can you tell I'm ready for spring for real?