Petite Stitchery & Co Honey Bee
Pattern Stats: Honey Bee
Pattern designer: Petite Stitchery & Co (affiliate)
Pattern level: 4/10
Time start to finish: 2.0 hours
Suggested fabrics: Good draping woven such as rayon challis, rayon crepe, georgette
My fabric: Rayon crepe from Pretty Posh Fabrics
Options: Tank, sleeveless, short, half, 3/4, long or bishop sleeves, tank pleats, top or dress lengths, curved hem options, optional placket
I think I've found the top I need to live in this summer. I never would have imagined a woven tank would make me this happy but it does! The Honey Bee is just that perfect summer staple that I can see filling my closet quickly.
Why do I love it so much? Well the tank version is loose yet fitted in all the right ways. With a fitted but not tight bust and then a drape from there, the waist is loose. This is ideal for me since I normally have to grade out for my waist size. Then the cut hugs my hips to provide shape without being too loose. Plus the deeper armsyce scoop provides full range of arm movement yet helps keep me cool too.
The higher neckline is possible with the back short zipper. The installation of the zipper is so simple to do. I actually struggled with it because I was trying to make it harder than it was. I made this one blend in but you could easily use a contrasting color for a fun accent too.
Now let's talk the options in the Honey Bee because there's a lot! Kelly has really outdone herself with the different looks you can achieve from one pattern. There are three hem lengths of a straight top, curved top or dress length. For sleeves you can choose the tank, sleeveless, short, half, 3/4, or long lengths plus the bishop or pleat options. Oh wait and then there's an optional front placket too. I told you she went all out!
For this make, I went with the tank cut line and curved hem top length. I made my own bias tape from the same fabric and used a navy blue 7" zipper.
I've worn the front tucked in too for another look. The tank option will require wearing a racerback or strapless bra to avoid seeing bra straps.
I had zero issues in construction of this tank. The directions were clear with photos along each step. The neckline and armsyce were finished using self made bias tape. The lengths for each were provided in the tutorial.
This fabric I've had in my stash for an embarrassing amount of time. I purchased it in September 2017 from Pretty Posh Fabrics during one of their "fast finger sales" which I found I kept way over buying from. Better yet, when I bought this fabric I had never made a single woven apparel item. That's definitely changed now! So this is a one yard cut of rayon crepe that has great drape yet doesn't have any sheerness.
The Honey Bee is available in Girls or Women's for $7 each through Tuesday April 9, 2019. Also, just today (April 4) get each pattern for $5 since it's the designers birthday!
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