Vintage Ralph Lauren tank in silk (V1724)

For most, summer is almost over.  Here, in North Florida, our version of fall will come soon too: its crowning distinction isn’t cooler temperatures, but drier air and no thunderstorms!  (77 days this summer with severe thunderstorms).  That means I can still sew summer-like items.  Unfortunately, this tank failed for me.  Of course, if I had toiled it, I could have made adjustments to prevent the problem.

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Vogue 1724:  I should have taken note of the under arm gap in the photo.

But first, the details:

The pattern:  Vogue American Designer pattern 1724, Ralph Lauren tops c1986. I made view A, the tank, buttoning at the top shoulder.  Absolutely nothing complicated about this one.

The fabric:  a devine 3 ply silk crepe from Gorgeous Fabrics.

Construction notes: nothing of note, really, as this is a simple top.  I did change the button top (I couldn’t find two teeny 1/4in buttons) to snaps, and added a button for decoration.  I used french seams on the side seams, and finished the facing edges with the serger.

The problem? The armsyce is shaped funny and gaps. In the pattern, at the point of the gapping, there are instructions to ease fashion fabric to the facing – but they fit together without the need to ease.  I blithely sewed til completion and was met with disappointment.  I don’t know how to save this at this point, as the armsyce is already rather revealing. The seam has been sewn, understitched, and clipped. I have no scraps left either (though I do have some in off white).  I attempted to snug it up with some narrow clear elastic, but you can see from the photos that it only introduced more problems.

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Here’s what happened when I tried to add narrow clear elastic to tighten it up.

 

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The other side, sans elastic.

What to do?  For the moment, Ralph hangs on the dress form.  I’ve begun a serious weight loss/exercise program, and usually lose in the bust first.  I’d like to see how it hangs after that (at a size 12, it was just a bit too close and pulls some, and the gapping tends to occur above the bust point).

Yes, I’m disappointed.  I had hoped to wear this to work yesterday with a new pair of those fantastic Paco Peralto pants I keep making – this time in a pale pink linen.

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7 thoughts on “Vintage Ralph Lauren tank in silk (V1724)

  1. You could sew a dart right where that excess fabric is. I have seen darts in that position in some Burda patterns and I have a sleeveless dress pattern with a dart placed right there. It would salvage the top.

  2. Second the dart suggestion. The style has the gapping on the envelope model too which is doubly strange as I thought they photographed the original and not the Vogue samples. How frustrating 😦

    1. When I saw the picture, I was more worried about how low the armcyse was! I am going to work with this pattern though, because it’s a great layering basic for my climate…

  3. turtleneck/funnelneck long sleeved (dolman?) top with matching skirt or trousers? i think whatever you do to try to ‘fix’ it will make it worse. losing weight is always nice but not the answer. this was just poorly drafted. too many vogue tops have shallow or no darts. i have a bust so i gave up on them years ago. it wasn’t worth adjusting every pattern except the baggy ones.

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