The Penny top from Style Arc is a spaghetti strap tank/camisole. A small tuck at the center front neckline creates a V shape.
I made this top for wearing under sheer/semi-sheer blouses, like my Nancy and Victoria. I found the sizing of this cami runs really small. I used a knit with significant 4-way stretch and it felt like it was painted on me. It feels like shapewear, and is definitely not something I would feel comfortable wearing alone.
You can see below how when I wear it untucked you can see every single detail of the waistband of my pants. For this particular pair of Barb pants I didn’t topstitch the seam allowance down on the waistband so it sometimes bumps out a little, and you can see how the tightness of the cami really highlights it.
The fabric I used was a 4-way stretch Dryflex knit from Fabric Mart. I used a thin matte foldover elastic for the neckline, armholes, and straps rather than self fabric straps. I did not trim away the seam allowance so the neckline is slightly higher than it should be.
When I tried this on the hemline rolled a LOT due to how tight it was. I ended up taking some stretch lace from Sew Sassy and used that to quickly finish the hem. Besides being more attractive it has a flatter profile when tucked.
My only fitting adjustment to my size 8 pattern was adding 2″ to the hips. For my next Penny top I will grade it up to a size 10 by adding at least 1″ to the upper bust and 2″ to the side seams from mid bust all the way down to the hem. I also want to lengthen it an additional 1″. This is a really simple and quick project so I should be able to get another one made up in the next day or so.
Besides a pair of ponte Elles this has been my only project for a week. My poor little baby bunny, Roscoe, had a freak accident last Wednesday. He has only one eye (birth defect) so he tends to hop in his cage in one direction. Somehow due to moving in one direction all day he got hay twisted around one of his back legs to the point where it cut the circulation off. I didn’t notice this until a couple of hours after getting home from work. He couldn’t move, and it was so twisted and embedded that I had to very carefully cut it off. Within a few hours his foot swelled up like a balloon and his leg started leaking from the edema. It was a really hot day when it happened so on top of it he got dehydrated and was going into shock. I went to work that night giving him as much water as possible, massaged the foot, wrapped him in a towel to keep him warm, etc and took him to a vet that specializes in exotics the next day. After they examined him and gave him an antibiotic shot we were sent home with oral antibiotics and painkillers, a cream for his leg, an Elizabethan collar to help stop him from chewing on his leg, and a special “critical care” food meant to help rehydrate him and get his GI tract going again. (Rabbits need to eat constantly or else their GI tract shuts down and they start getting fatal blockages.) I was also told that I would have to keep him in a fly-free area and use towels as bedding to help keep the leg as clean as possible. So I moved him into my bedroom and spent a good portion of this weekend constantly checking on him and freaking out about whether he would be able to keep his leg or not. (After talking to Tom and my parents I made the decision that if the vet recommended amputation I would put him down.) To get his appetite going again and help with hydration I picked some fresh parsley and dill from the garden. As you can see in the photo below he’s a HUGE fan.
Strangely enough he also LOVES his medicine. I feed it orally to him via a syringe, and as soon as he sees the syringe he hops over and starts gobbling from it. My mother swears he’s an addict and hooked on painkillers now ;).
Our followup appointment Monday went well. He got another antibiotic shot and it looks like the circulation returned. Now our biggest worry is risk of infection. So now I have to put honey on his leg and foot*, let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then soak his foot in a warm saline and iodine solution for another five minutes before patting it dry and putting on the cream.
The good news is he’s been very active the past couple of days and extremely hungry. (I almost feel like I have an infant in cloth diapers with the amount of times I have to keep changing and washing towels.) He hops madly around the living room when I put him down to exercise. We have another followup appointment tomorrow so I’m hoping there’s good news. In the meantime he’s been going to work with me every day so I can monitor him. My coworkers love to come over and dote on him, and sometimes he sits on my lap while I type.
I feel so sorry for this little guy. He’s only 2.5 months old and has had a rough life so far, with the one eye, being the runt of the litter, being picked on by his littermates, etc. And yet he is so sweet and happy.
* Yes, you read that right. I’m putting honey on his wound. Apparently honey is antibacterial and the vet said it might help with the remaining edema and help disinfect the area. I went to a local health food store and bought some manuka honey, which is supposed to be the best kind for wound care. It is produced in Australia and New Zealand.