So, onto my first Grainline pattern - The tiny pocket tank.
|This is the wet-hair, new haircut look.|
I've seen many versions of this, and the similar but not related Wiksten tank floating around sewing blog-land these last few months, and couldn't decide which to fork out for. Both have great reviews, both are simple, fitted but loose (that makes no sense does it!?) tanks. I ended up choosing the Grainline one because of the bust darts - when you're as un-endowed as me a little fitting can be a very good thing :)
|The Wiksten tank|
|Grainline's Tiny Pocket Tank - see my dilemma?|
This first one (there will be more) was planned as a wearable muslin - made from lightweight cotton from the special table at Spotlight. I cut a size 8 (raising the neckline one and a half inches), then extended it out to a 12 at the hips - even though it's not fitted, when I checked the measurements I needed the extra room to maintain the style.
There was a new (for me) way to do the binding at neck and armholes but I loved it - easy to do & gives a neat result with the neckline sitting flat against the body. Oh, and the tiny pocket - I like it, I think it makes it look like a top you'd see in the shops, but it needs to go higher on me. I was concentrating on pattern-matching so I didn't think to check if the placement dots were in the right place for me!
|Off topic, but my hair is no way this dark (or long anymore) when dry.|
Just what I wanted, a quick-make casual summer top, perfect for all these hot days we're having here. I'll make future ones a couple of inches longer but this one is long enough that I'll still wear it. I can't wait to make some more, but will have to of course, market tables don't stock themselves!
What do you think of the tank? Or have you made a Wiksten, or better yet, both? Do you find you slip yourself behind others in the prioritizing of your sewing or other activities? I'd love to hear, Shell.