The Light Summer Tank has finally left the nest! Right in the onslaught of Fall patterns… Oh well, consider it a little gift to the Southern Hemisphere. Working on this pattern has been such a trip let me tell you. As a new designer (it still feels weird calling myself that) I probably did everything completely backwards. Sometimes I feel like that can be the best way to learn though. I now have a very clear idea of what a better process could look like, and most importantly I am both happy and proud of the end product. The top is everything I want to wear during summer. It is light and airy. Has interesting details, but still feels subtle and neat. And one thing that surprised me a bit when I first made the tank is how special the balance between the delicate silk fabric and the razor cut shoulder turned out to be. It is equal parts Sporty Spice and Posh Spice. Ha. As you can tell I definitely have some motherly gushy feelings about this tank. It is my first born after all.
The only thing I feel less happy about is the fact that the yarn I knit the original in is sadly not available anymore. If I had known I would end up publishing a pattern for the top when I created it, I probably would have made sure to knit it in a more common yarn. On the other hand I don’t want to not do something because of a little snag like that. Luckily Silk and other Summer yarns are very forgiving, which means that it is possible to substitute a good range of yarns and weights, something I also touched on in my call for testers. Right now I am in the process of writing a little guide with recommended yarns and a how to section for those of you who aren’t familiar with the process. Next on my agenda is to keep building and expanding my design work and the little shop I’ve laid the groundwork for now. I am excited to see where it will go.