My First Pattern Mash Up

A lot of the people that I follow and am a huge fan of are the masters of pattern mashing. I, on the other hand, usually steer clear... until now. 

A few months back I did a pattern testing for this amazing racerback tank that didn't require hemming. It immediately became my favorite. (Possibly because of the no hemming required) It was just a great staple tank. But anyways, I received this fabric from a fellow sewist, and I knew I need to figure out a way to make that tank into a dress for this fabric. Now, for someone else it may be just as easy as drafting their own lines, but I'm just not good at that kind of stuff. So I decided to try my hand at pattern mashing. 

To be quite honest, I have a pattern that would have already given me semi the dress that I wanted.. but I LOVE the back accent of this tank. So, I took the top from the racerback tank, and traced it on to tracing paper, and then added the bottom of this dress and just LITERALLY mashed them together. Now, in true Heather fashion, it wasn't that easy. There was a lot of hemming and hawing, a lot of hands on the forehead overthinking, and a lot of this is going to #*^%!$@ work. ...but it did. 

Now I have the exact dress that I wanted, one that will get a ton of use this summer. 

For this look: I used Street Style Patterns Curved Hem Tank, and the bodice (dress length) from Pattern for Pirates Essential Tank.


Moral of the story? Don't be afraid to jump in puddles. 

Hopefully, I'll be back around sooner than later.