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Holiday Sewing - Tiny Pocket Tank

One of my younger sisters is getting into sewing in a big way...always fun to have another recruit to discuss fabric and patterns!  When I was holidaying with her, she wanted to sew a tank top, so we downloaded the Grainline Studio Tiny Pocket Tank.


I feel a bit out of step with the rest of the world, because I don't totally love this pattern.  I love the styles that Grainline has chose for her pattern range, but this pattern hasn't worked out for me.  It seems to have funny drag lines from the bust and a bit of poufiness.  I fiddled around with the bust darts, which helped a bit, but it is still not right.  My sister is a completely different shape from me, and she had the drag lines as well.  It also looks like I should have gone up a size.  The fabric is a $5 linen remnant that I picked up earlier on my holiday.  I love the colour of it, so even though it was only $5, I am a bit bummed that this project didn't work out.

13 comments:

  1. Your findings with this pattern are interesting because it was on my wish list. Maybe I should just draft my own. It is a shame yours didn't work out because the fabric is lovely.

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  2. Yeah, there is something just a bit NQR going on here. I'm curvy enough to know that relatively unstructured tops in woven fabrics just won't look good on my, so I steer clear of them. That said, some really curvy ladies have had good success with this pattern.
    The pale turquoise is really gorgeous though, and a wonderful match to a really nice necklace as well!

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  3. I know what you mean about the drag lines. I fixed mine yonks ago by taking up the shoulder straps about 1cm and adding 1cm to the width under the arm, front and back. I've also shifted the bust dart a little. Since making these changes I've made quite a few successful tanks.

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  4. What a bummer - maybe you can re-purpose the fabric, it'd be such a shame to waste it.

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  5. Well, I think it looks good on you but I also am sewing a beachy, casual wardrobe right now.. I do think the armscye could be lower, giving you more room. It is a really pretty linen top.

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  6. Mine didn't fit either so don't feel bad. Mine was too tight across the upper chest and back. I just gave mine away and wrote off the pattern. You look like the fit could be tweaked relatively easily if you wanted, but sometimes you just put it out to pasture and carry on ahead.

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  7. Interesting to read a different review of this pattern. Sometimes I think when things don't work we just don't hear about it. Thanks for the heads-up.

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  9. It happens doesn't it. I've never used Grainline patterns so wouldn't comment on that brand but I found another really popular independent pattern maker's blouses were ridulously hard to fit.

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    1. I think I know the brand to which you're referring. I made two muslins of a simple top before giving up. Among other things, it turns out that the patterns are drafted for a larger bust size than my own.

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    2. Thanks for the frank review. I was considering downloading the pattern even though I loathe taping together the paper pieces. You've reminded me that I have a tested pattern that I might be able to alter for the same result.

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  11. How annoying! Will you wear it anyway?

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