Grainline Studio : Tiny Pocket Tank
Mystery Food print in Cotton Lawn from the Cotton + Steel Tokyo Train Ride collection
I’ve made so many Wiksten Tanks that I haven’t been in a rush to try any other tank patterns. I thought this cute octopus print would be perfect for a summer tank and for a new tank experiment.
I was excited about the prospect of the darts to get a more shapely fit. I could tell right away when I looked at the darts on the pattern that they were too big for me. I double checked online and the pattern is drafted for a B-cup, so I thought I would be able to just reduce it by half and call it a day. I didn’t quite like how that looked so I reduced it a bit more. As I was reading online about other people’s pattern adjustments, I decided that rather than dissecting the pattern any further I would just stay with my dart adjustment and finish it up so I could get to wearing it.
I enjoyed all the extra details on the bias trim like clipping notches and understitching to make things lay flat. Plus, the curved hem of this pattern is much easier to stitch since it is not as severe as the Wiksten. Even though I love a good pocket matching challenge, I decided to leave off the tiny pocket because of all the extra stitching it took to get the dart just right.
I know a lot of people find the fit of the Wiksten Tank doesn’t work for them and likely this pattern might be better. Has anyone else made both? What are your thoughts?
I’m happily putting this cute tank into my wardrobe rotation right away!
May 7, 2015 at 1:10 am
May 7, 2015 at 1:53 am
May 7, 2015 at 4:21 am
It looks great Karyn! It looks like this one has more of a ruffle-y looking front rather than the bell style on the wiksten. I think I will try this one too and see which fits me better! Love that print you used.
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For years I have been thinking about the Wiksten versus the Grainline tanks (love both designers), but I’ve not taken the plunge because there’s always been something just not quite right about the fit of them on others I’ve seen. The Wiksten has the back gaping issue (and the shaping still leaves a little to be desired for me), and the Grainline one is a little too wide/short/shapeless looking (based on others’ photos) for my taste. I’m really excited to try the new one by Cali Faye Collection – the Basics Tank. Have you seen it? Either way, this is super cute in that print, and the color looks great on you. I agree with the previous commenter that it looks more billowy in the front than others I’ve seen.
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Stopped in today and saw this pattern (i think) next to the Linden sweathshirt. And lamented some more about how I wish I had time to learn to sew clothes. One day, I tell myself. I love when you make something and post it. Its always so beautiful.