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Cross My Heart Cami by Patterns for Pirates

Patterns for Pirates, sewingKaty McKinleyComment

We had a quiet February over at P4P, but don't think we weren't working on some goodies behind-the-scenes!  Meet the newest top in the Patterns for Pirates lineup: the Cross My Heart Cami.

I am a girl who wears a camisole under every single shirt, every single day.  I started doing it in high school and just kind of never stopped.  It's like a second skin for me and I seriously start to feel naked without one.  Part of being an every-day cami girl is running through tops like this rather quickly.  No joke.  When they are in rotation more than any tee you wear, they get worn out and FAST.

So I'm super happy that I now have a pattern that I can use to make my own replacements.  In exactly the size, style and length that I want.  Plus, it only take a small amount of fabric...so it's great for extra bits of yardage I have leftover from another sewing project.

The CMHC comes in three lengths (tunic, shirt and cropped) and has multiple strap variations.  Bralettes are cute but super impractical for me.  But now I can get the look of those cute strappy bralettes that are all the rage now, but feel my comfortable self while wearing a full length tank.  Woot!  Thanks Judy!

For testing, I made a few versions of these tanks...but only photographed the two.  You're welcome for cutting down on the amount of pictures I share on here.

The first tank I'm sharing is a tunic length, basic version, in a striped ponte.  One of the fun parts about this cami is that it has two different necklines to it.  The front is a scoop and the back is a vneck.  HOWEVER, you can flip it around and wear it "backwards" and get the necklines in reverse.  (Or you could do what some of the girls did in testing and make two backs or two fronts.  Go crazy ladies!)

Here it is worn frontwards:

And now worn backwards:

The second Cross My Heart Cami I'm sharing with you is a little more on the saucy side.  It's hemmed at a shirt length, features the low v-back straps, and is in a leopard scuba knit.  Me-ow.

I especially love this tank when it's worn flipped around.  I didn't think I'd like the strappy version as much as I do.  But I so do.  It's just so fun and flirty!  And a change from the usual necklines I'm used to.  Excuse me while I got make 266549879 more camis for myself.

If you're worried about the binding on the straps, I promise that you can do it!  Go slow, IRON your bindings, and if you're still not feeling confident....go read this blog post on the P4P site by Elisabeth about hemming with twin needles.  It's so good!

And now links!  You want some links, right?

Pattern: Cross My Heart Cami by Patterns for Pirates (we also have a girls' version HERE and a bundle of the womens/girls HERE)
Fabric: Black/White Stripe Ponte (different colorway) | Leopard Print Scuba (found locally at Joanns, not available online)