Completed: Popover Tank & Lander Pants (Plus: OAL Winners!)

10 Aug

Heeeey everyone!!

Before I dive into garment details, I want to congratulate our OAL 2018 Winners!

Dizzy Erica made a Lady Skater dress + Hetty Cardigan! Interestingly, I was just rediscovering my love for both these patterns the other day! I am happy to see that the Lady Skater in particular is still going strong and living up to it’s awesomeness 😀
Wendy made a Waters tee + an A Frame skirt. I love the colors she choose – perfect summer outfit!

lsorenson7208 made the Rabbitbrush cardigan & Lander Pants! I am really digging this monochromatic look – I always find black and white to be so chic.

Big congratulations to our winners – and thank you to everyone who participated! You can see all the finished outfits in the OAL 2018 Finished Outfits thread on Ravelry. Also, a massive thank you to our sponsors The Confident Stitch & Indie Stitches for supplying prizes! And thank you, Andi Satterlund, for hosting this with me again!


You’ll notice that I didn’t share my OAL project – and it’s not in this post, either (surprise!). I did finish my Lander shorts and have worn them loads, but sadly my Waters tee is still on my needles as of this posting. Can’t even finish my own outfit in time for the OAL I am hosting, I am the worst! In all seriousness, I started to fall out of love with the project – I’m not happy with my stripe sequence, and honestly, I need to frog it and start over! Rather than force myself to finish something that I likely wouldn’t want to wear, it’s sitting in time-out until I can be sure that I need to either frog it or finish it. I don’t like keeping UFOs, but sometimes you need a breather to think about your options and next steps.


Ok so anyway, on to this post! Featuring a DIFFERENT pair of Lander pants, mwahahaha!

AMH Popover Tank

But first, I want to share my tank with you because it’s super cute!

AMH Popover Tank

No lie – every single time I wear this top, I get people practically foaming at the mouth to ask what pattern is that! Here’s your answer – it’s the Anna Maria Horner Popover Tank! This is a pattern that Anna released to be used specifically for garment classes at Craft South. I’ve taught this class a LOT – it’s a great first project, easy to sew and looks super cute! And it can be sewn in 3 hours (YES, SERIOUSLY). But I’ve never made one for myself – just loads of samples. When Anna released it as a paper pattern and included a cropped version, I was ready to give it a try.

AMH Popover Tank

This is a super, super simple pattern. Two pattern pieces, then 1″ strips of knit fabric to be used as facings around the neck and arms. No darts, no closures, barely any pattern markings, and an easy fit. Students learn how to sew French seams, apply knit facings, and sew a 1/4″ rolled hem.

One tip I will give if you want to make this pattern is to check the finished measurements, and possibly consider sizing down. I find the recommended sizes to be a bit loose-fitting, especially around the arms, but you can go for it if that is your jam! I made the size XXS, although my measurements put me at the cusp of XS. I like the size of the armholes and the fit of the bust. My fabric is also lightweight with more give than your typical quilting cotton, so that helped.

The only change I made was to swap out the knit facings for actual woven bias facings. I didn’t have any knit fabric that remotely matched my fabric, and I prefer the bias facings anyway. Knit facings are wonderful to keep the class at 3 hours, but when I’m sewing at home on my own time I do what I want! I used some beautiful lightweight cotton voile and applied the bias facings the same way I always do. No need to trim seam allowances, either – the knit strips are also sewn on a 1/4″.

AMH Popover Tank

I love the back – the shoulders wrap around and make a v at the center back, which is then topstitched. I told you, this pattern is easy!

AMH Popover Tank

I should mention my fabric – it’s a beautiful lightweight cotton that I bought at Nagada while I was in Egypt! I only bought a yard – it was expensive, even by American standards – and waited a loooong time to find a good pattern to match it with. The raw applique reminds me of Alabama Chanin, and I love the soft neutrals.

Since the fabric has some texture that makes the thickness a bit uneven, I didn’t do the French side seams and instead just serged them. This is also why I used lightweight voile for my woven bias facings, instead of self-fabric.

Just a head’s up – the cropped version is SHORT. Like, it will expose your belly button. I wanted to lengthen mine… but I forgot and just cut shit out. Oops. Soooo my hem is the tiniest thing ever, serged and rolled under as little as possible. It’s still short, but I like it with high-waisted pants. FYI for your Popover Project, tho.

Here, have some more photos. I don’t know why I took so many.

AMH Popover Tank

AMH Popover Tank

AMH Popover Tank

AMH Popover Tank

AMH Popover Tank

AMH Popover Tank



True Bias Lander pants

True Bias Lander pants

My second pair of Lander pants! Sorry these photos are basically useless, navy is super hard to photograph.

I didn’t make too many changes on these vs my red pair… according to my notes (that I now take in a little notebook whenever I sew, specifically for this reason haha), I made a size 2 but used the size 4 at the side seams. I made the pockets slightly smaller, although I still think they are a little big. I also shortened the legs by 1″ at the shorten line, and interfaced the fly shield. I’m sure I had to take a little out of the center back, but I don’t remember how much, sorry!

I definitely like these even more than my red ones. I think the proportions and length are a little more flattering, and the fabric is super swishy so they are fun to wear!

True Bias Lander pants

The fabric is a navy tencel twill that I bought at Mulberry Silks when I was in North Carolina earlier this year! It’s a beautiful weight with a soft drape, making my ideal pants! I found this fabric easier to work with than silk, but it was still a little wiggly… like using a heavier weight rayon challis.

I lined the pockets with silk crepe (from my stash), and the buttons are also from Mulberry Silks! Look closely, you can see that I already lost one 😦 This is what I get for wearing my shit before I photograph it! The button stayed intact for months, and I literally lost it on a flight home (I think) the day before I took these photos. I’m sad because I really loved these buttons, but I’m also mad at myself for not buying an extra. As for how I lost it… well, they are wooden shank buttons, and that one button had a tiny crack in the shank that caused it to fly off. I found it the first time, repaired the crack (or so I thought) and decided to just sew the bottom button hole shut so there would be less stress on the button. It worked for a while, but not anymore! I will replace them when I find a suitable button that fits the holes (::sob::), but in the meantime… I’m just gonna wear them with 3 buttons. Who the fuck cares? Did you see that missing button in my photos above? Are you looking now? ZOOM IN, I DARE YOU.

True Bias Lander pants

True Bias Lander pants

Anyway, big thumbs up for these pants! I especially love them for traveling – they are my summer flying pants. I always get cold on planes and in airports, but I hate wearing skinny jeans and then sweating to death when I step in 90 degree heat once I reach my destination. These are perfect because they keep my legs covered, but they are breezy in the heat. The color goes with everything, and the high waist looks great with a cropped something or with a loose tshirt tucked in!

True Bias Lander pants

I feel like this post has gotten out of hand long, so I’m going to stop now. Have a great weekend, everyone!

24 Responses to “Completed: Popover Tank & Lander Pants (Plus: OAL Winners!)”

  1. Inclement August 10, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

    Those pants are such a good idea for all the reasons you said: bookmarked.

    Any chance you’d revisit a previous post for a quick question? What was the pattern for the top you were wearing in this post, about the waistband adjustment (black background, big flowers)?

    • LLADYBIRD August 10, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

      It’s actually a RTW top (vintage), not one I made! I wish there was a pattern for it!!

  2. Deborah Penner August 10, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

    Love the top and the pattern. Where do I purchase this pattern?

    • LLADYBIRD August 10, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

      There’s a link in the blog post. You can get it anywhere that sells Anna Maria Horner patterns.

  3. francescapia August 10, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

    Ultra cute outfit! That fabric is beautiful😍. I’ve sewn with tencel twill and love it for summer but gound it a bitch to control. Planning to gelatine it next time round. I have the top pattern and started one a while ago in linen but at my recommended size it was enormous too… yours is sweet enough to make me try again😁

  4. mertxelasierra August 10, 2018 at 3:39 pm #

    Hey! I am sorry to hear you don’t like your knitting stripped project. Bummer!!! Can you show us? Put it on and show it to us… maybe somebody has an idea, before frogging it???

    • LLADYBIRD August 10, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

      Haha I don’t think it can be salvaged without being ripped out… I don’t like the width of the stripes, I want them to wider. Not a fan of narrow stripes! You can see a photo of it in my last OAL post. I haven’t progressed much beyond that.

      • Heather Myers August 10, 2018 at 5:36 pm #

        Hi Lauren, glad to hear from you! Laughed all the way to the end. What a great couple of summer pieces! Thanks.

  5. Cass August 10, 2018 at 6:24 pm #

    Hi, I love the top pattern, but I’m interested in the hem. Is the front hem supposed to be so much higher than the back. Do you think it would be possible to cut it so it fell evenly all the way around?
    The back shoulder detail is adorable, and yes I didn’t even notice the missing button on your pants until you pointed it out. The navy Landers have inspired me to make a pair of my own. Yours are really lovely.

    • LLADYBIRD August 10, 2018 at 8:03 pm #

      Yes, it is supposed to be higher. You could easily modify the pattern to make front and back even, though.

  6. Kellie August 10, 2018 at 9:58 pm #

    Damn it Lauren ! Now I want a pair of Lander’s. And I think I am going to shamelessly rip off your navy twill selection. Seriously those are some cute pants. And navy is my go to neutral – a little better at camouflaging the cat hair! Thanks for sharing!

    • LLADYBIRD August 13, 2018 at 9:10 am #

      Navy is the best, goes with everything! 🙂

  7. sbmeist August 11, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

    Hi, Mulberry Silks is my local fabric shop. If you can give me details on the buttons, I can see if they still have them and send you a replacement — Sabrina

    • LLADYBIRD August 13, 2018 at 9:12 am #

      Oh wow, that would be amazing! They are 1″ vintage wooden shank buttons with a slight wood grain design. Not sure if they have sold out since I was there but it would be worth a look if you happen to be at the shop!

      • sbmeist August 14, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

        I think I found your buttons. I sent you an email with a photo so you can confirm.

  8. Hailey August 12, 2018 at 9:49 am #

    These look great! I would like to make more woven tops, but have shied away from all the wovenrank patterns out of fear that I’ll look like I’m wearing scrubs, but this is making me rethink my stance. Maybe I could go for it!

    • LLADYBIRD August 13, 2018 at 9:13 am #

      The key is fabric selection. Choose something that drapes nicely and it won’t look like scrubs 🙂

  9. Ciara August 12, 2018 at 10:31 pm #

    You know, I just sewed up the Lander pattern for the third time yesterday, & there’s something seriously jacked up with that crotch curve. Maybe there are people for whom it works, but mostly I see pulling all across the front when I look at the different versions on Instagram or whatever–sometimes severe, sometimes not, which I think is dependent on both body shape & fabric selection. I made them in a nice lightweight twill that pulled a bit, but mostly wasn’t noticeable. I made them again in a beefy denim that pulled so badly that they cannot be worn. I lengthened the front crotch hook a 1/2″ on my last pair & they still pull, but are at least wearable.

    Sorry to rant about it here. It’s just on my mind because I just finished my latest version yesterday. Have you found that your Landers fit any differently depending on the weight & recovery of the fabric you use?

    • LLADYBIRD August 13, 2018 at 9:15 am #

      Interesting, I didn’t mess with my crotch curve at all and I think these look fine out of the envelope. Generally with crotch curves it’s due to body/crotch shape, and everyone is a little different. I’ve only sewn these with fabric that has a bit of a relaxed drape & give, so I’m not sure how they’d look in a more rigid fabric. Sorry you’re having trouble with them!

      • Ciara August 14, 2018 at 7:03 pm #

        The ones I made in a nice relaxed twill worked fine for me, but the more rigid denim was an absolute shitshow. I’m torn between futzing with the curve a little bit more or just moving on to a different pattern. It’s not like there’s a dearth of wide-legged pant patterns out there right now!

  10. Nichole August 13, 2018 at 10:56 pm #

    Your tank and Landers is pretty much the outfit of my dreams this summer. Love the buttons, too.

  11. whofilets August 21, 2018 at 11:31 pm #

    Your outfit looks great Lauren! I also love the bright pink the first winner chose for her cardigan. Thanks for sharing!


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