Verdict: Close, but no cigar.
- This experiment showed that the concept works. I can take a tank dress, slice it and dice it and reassemble it, and it WILL go together.
- It's incredibly easy to sew together accurately, as the seams are all straight lines on the grain. The first seam is a cinch; the second is a little fiddly as you're trying to sew a parallelogram together. It looks like it's all twisted, but it isn't.
- It drapes beautifully; even though there's no shaping in the pattern, the bias makes it hug very nicely.
- I like the length.
It's easier to see the diagonal seam on this back view.
- Not the best choice of fabric but it was on sale and draped properly.
- The neckline needs to be wider. A LOT wider.
- The back armscye makes my shoulders look like a linebacker's. I need to raise the armhole and widen it across the back.
I'm going to re-draft the tank with a wider neck and more coverage at the armscye. I'm also thinking about slicing it into more than just two pattern pieces, and using various shades of solids for each piece, to really highlight the seaming. But that'll have to wait a few days... Right now I have six DreamGirls costumes to repair (not mine... the rented ones; those old zippers keep breaking) and two Professional Totes to make.