Pattern Review

Pocketless Tiny Pocket Tank

Working with this pattern really drove home how dramatically fabric choices can affect the fit and overall look of a pattern.

Tiny Pocket Tank sewn by Katie @ www.creative-counselor.com
Tiny Pocket Tank by Grainline Studios, and rain in July. What’s up with that??

Believe it or not, this is my third iteration of the Tiny Pocket Tank by Grainline Studios.  My first version was bordering on disastrous.  I made it out of a lovely, floaty rayon challis from Stevie Saint Fabrics (beautiful fabric, I may try to salvage it, or get more for another try).  But I didn’t account for the fact that rayon is a slippery little bugger, and that it will stretch out with handling and hanging (and yes, I forgot to stay stitch, big mistake).  So when I finished it all up, the neckline was scandalously low.  It is still salvagable for winter layering, and I might keep it around for that.

My second attempt was much more successful, and I will blog it here eventually 🙂  That one I made with a swiss dot chambray from Michael Levine.  The fabric behaved beautifully and the fit was great.  But, I used a storebought bias binding to finish the neckline and armholes, and the binding was stiffer than my main fabric.  As a result, that tank sits a little funny in the neckline.  But I still wear it quite a bit 🙂

Tiny Pocket Tank sewn by Katie @ www.creative-counselor.com

This tank, however, was the perfect combination of pattern and fabric!  My fabric is a gorgeous, floaty double gauze from Imagine Gnats (similar).  I didn’t have enough fabric to use my double gauze for binding, and I wasn’t about to repeat my earlier mistake and use storebought bias binding.  So instead, I opted for a very moveable fabric, and used strips of white bamboo jersey knit to finish the neckline and armholes of this top.

And it worked like a dream!  The knit is soft on my skin and moves and stretches with the main fabric of my top.  Therefore, no pinching and the neckline sits perfectly!

Tiny Pocket Tank sewn by Katie @ www.creative-counselor.com
Look how happy I am with my neckline.

I’ve fiddled around with a few different woven tank patterns (Eucalypt and Wiksten) with okay (Eucalypt) to horrendous (Wiksten) results.  I had high hopes with the Tiny Pocket Tank because, unlike many woven tank patterns out there, it has a bust dart.  My girls may not be the biggest on the block, but I firmly believe that those of us with anything bigger than an A cup benefit greatly from the shaping we get with a dart.

Tiny Pocket Tank sewn by Katie @ www.creative-counselor.com
Darts rock.

I was not disappointed!  Once I got my fabric figured out, the pattern fit great with no adjustments.  Not even for my sloping shoulders — maybe Grainline patterns take that into account?? Come to think of it, I’ve never had to make that adjustment with Grainline.

I did raise the neckline on this tank by about an inch, so I do think that the tank as drafted is just really low-cut, at least on me.  I’m very happy I made that change and will continue to make it on all my Tiny Pocket Tanks.  I have some plum double gauze sitting in my stash for another Tiny Pocket Tank.  Now that I know the tricks, I’ll sew that up so I can wear it before summer is out!

Pattern: Tiny Pocket Tank by Grainline Studios.

Cost: $12 USD

Size: 6.  

Fabric: Pink dot double gauze from Imagine Gnats.  The pink is sold out, but she still has a great selection of double gauzes that would make beautiful tanks!.

Difficulty: Adventurous beginner.

Techniques required: Fitting and alterations if needed, topstitching.

Similar patterns:  Eucalypt by Megan Nielsen, Tank by Wiksten, Tortola by Sis Boom, Basic Tank by Calie Faye.

Modifications: I raised the neckline about an inch.  Otherwise, none.

Fit:  Really, really good once I got my fabric situation figured out.  The neckline and armholes lay nice and flat, and I love having the bust dart for some shaping.

Pattern Format: PDF.  Jen from Grainline is in the process of releasing all her patterns in paper, but currently this one is still only available in PDF.  If you’re a paper-only person, just give it some time.

Pros:

  • Easy construction.  I’m all about more complicated garments, but sometimes a simple sew is really nice.
  • Bust darts give shaping to what would otherwise be a fairly shapeless tank.  They also help give a good fit.
  • Great wardrobe staple.

Cons:

  • The neckline is really low, at least on me.  I raised it by an inch and it’s still about as low as I would want it.  It does cover my bra at least, but I couldn’t go any lower.

Overall Grade:  A+.  I love wearing tanks in the summer.  Ah, who am I kidding?  I wear tanks year round, and just throw a sweater or jacket over them in the winter.  I’ve been searching for a well-fitting woven tank almost since I started sewing women’s clothing, and am thrilled to finally find it!

3 thoughts on “Pocketless Tiny Pocket Tank

  1. Very cute! I’m a huge fan of the woven tank, and I’ve tweaked this pattern to get the fit how I like. I think I have more square shoulders and that’s why it’s taken me several iterations to get it right. And I agree–the neckline is sooo low!

    1. I love woven tanks too. I feel like I’ve spent so much time jumping around trying to find a pattern that works — sloping shoulders are my issue. Was very glad that Grainline delivered, as always!

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