We are right in the middle of a heat wave throughout Europe, so let’s zoom on the Virginia Tank (5oo4 Patterns) and other lightweight garments! The test was right on time for that canicular week. So Miss G and I both tested the pattern, available in children and women’s sizes.
The Virginia tank…and dress…and skirt
The Virginia Tank pattern offers a wide arra of options: from an integrated bra to a skirt and a dress, both of them with length options. Various necklines are also included. I do love the idea of an integrated bra when it is too hot outside. I would advise to use some Supplex or some Airtex for the bra part (like my favorite one from Tia Knight).
Neckline and armholes are finished with thin knit bands so keep that in mind when choosing your fabric: you will need fabrics with stretch AND recovery. I love that bra straps are unnoticeable.
A 5 out of 4 Patterns summer outfit
My plan was to pair her Virginia Tank with some Shenanigans Skort (I had already tested this pattern). But for the life of me, I couldn’t get my hand on the pattern, neither in the house nor on my computer…Fortunately for me (and for her), Miss G is now tall enough to fit into a size XXS Adventure Skorts, my all-time favorite pattern for summer. Remember our trip to Disneyworld? I lived in my various Adventure Skorts.
A skort is the perfect item in a tween girl’s wardrobe. She can wear in the garden as well as to the beach. She could even wear it when in school since it’s knee-length.
For the shorts part, I used my beloved Airtex. Soft, quick-dry, stretchy, and a breeze to sew (OK, the shorts part is a bit wide on her upper thighs). I professed a newfound love for my coverlock since I joined the FB group for Elna/Pffaf/Janome coverstitch machines. So many useful tips available there that saved my sanity and my machine!!!
Rest assured that a whole bunch of Adventure skorts will be sewn for our next adventure in Florida (August ’19). I have already ordered performance knit swatches to get started on them. And I *might* order some new mesh Skechers for the whole family (we are [amazon_textlink asin=’B00KYCJ2YE|B01AH0A0KM|B00KYCJSHK’ text=’Skechers ‘ template=’ProductLink’ store=’laca0c6-21|lacasacactu0e-21|lacasacactus-21′ marketplace=’FR|DE|UK’ link_id=’80aff329-97cb-11e8-8533-695aa8cce059′]addicts for our travels).
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