Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank

Another pattern ticked off my list! This is the perfect time of year to try a few new tank top patterns and this one has been waiting patiently for a while now.

I also have the Grainline Scout Tee pattern and have tried it, unsuccessfully I might add. However, having already got a handle on the sizing of the Grainline patterns, I used that to my advantage while making this one. The reason the Scout was discarded to the upcycle pile is because it was ENORMOUS. Seriously, it even looked huge on the hanger and I couldn't bring myself to wear or alter it. This time I made sure to size down. The fit on this is roomy but I didn't want enough room for an entire village, so went down 2 sizes from my norm (made a size 10). It worked!

I am a sucker for pretty white tops for the summer and you can never have too many white tanks in your wardrobe. I deferred from the pattern ever so slightly to pretty things up a bit.

Instead of folding and hemming the top edge of the pocket I trimmed it with some cotton lace.

Then did the same with the bottom hemline. 

Now I tried and tried to get a decent modelled shot but couldn't. There was no extra pair of hands to help me out so this is the best I could get on self timer.

If I were to make this again I would need to lower the darts by about an inch along the side seam, they hit just a bit too high. Also, the pocket looks wonky even though I positioned it correctly. Maybe that is something to do with the darts not fitting right, either way I would attach the pocket at a different stage to get it straight next time. I think if I sewed the shoulder seams first, tried it on (so to speak) and then pinned the pocket on, it would look straighter.

As you can see, the top is still nice and loose around the body, I really like it and it looks great with a cardigan thrown over the top.


  1. It's really pretty, Katy - love the lace trim

    1. Thank you! It makes it a bit more interesting!

  2. I just commented on your flickr photo! I made one yesterday and had pocket issues too! I think your pocket looks great. mine looks crooked but I think it's due to the dart shaping and our boobs being in there! I made a size 8 but was seriously unsure. IN Lisette patterns I make a 12. I think the 8 fits fine. I did sew the shoulder seam with only 1/4 inch seam allowance because I felt like I wouldn't have enough armpit room. I'll have to post a picture soon!

    1. The sizing certainly is strange, but I will happily accept falling into a smaller size catergory anyday! Yours is lovely, I just saw it.

  3. This is such a pretty top, the lace is very sweet.


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