I used to be firmly on team ‘no shoulder pads’… but after sewing the Claudia Tank by Just Patterns, as part of the testing process, I have changed my mind!
As a tester I was remunerated for printing and given a fabric allowance, and there was no obligation to post my finished garment on socials. I’m posting to share because I love this tank, and it’s shown me that sometimes you really do just have to try something to see if it works on you.
With regards to styling, I think Claudia (we are now on a first name basis) lends itself to be tucked into high waisted pants or jeans. Clever Claudia is giving me the illusion of a waist… and that’s no mean feat!
This was my first time sewing a Just Patterns garment and I found it to be a well drafted pattern with clear instructions. I won’t hesitate to sew their patterns in the future.
It was actually a really quick sew with only five pattern pieces – front, back, neckband and armhole (front & back) facings.
You can see from the photo above that the armholes have been drafted with excellent bra coverage.
My only change to the pattern was to perform my usual 3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment.
I used scraps for this project which is always very satisfying. The 100% cotton knit was leftover from making my youngest daughter a twirly dress a few years ago, and I think this is the third time I’ve used this colour ribbing (from Wattlehill Fabrics) this summer! The shoulder pads were purchased from work… if you need a pair they can be found here.
I wore shoulder pads in my teens in the 80s and I’ve embraced them a second time around in my mid 40s. Have you changed your mind recently about anything sewing or no sewing related? Do tell….
Pattern: Just Patterns’ Claudia Tank
Fabric: 100% cotton knit scraps (originally from The Fabric Store), ribbing from Wattlehill Fabrics and should pads from The Cloth Shop
Alterations: 3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment
Outfit: Jeans from Bassike and sneakers & sunglasses from Luisa
Photo Location: Eastern Suburbs, Melbourne