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Two Grainline Willow Tanks

Grainline Willow Tank
A double feature for today! Two versions of the Grainline Willow Tank. Perfect for scraps or short yardages!

I love all the Grainline patterns I’ve tried. I’m surprised it took me this long to make this pattern.Grainline Willow Tank

I had enough leftover cotton from my Grainline Farrow dress to whip out my first Willow.

Grainline Willow Tank

It’s a super simple pattern. Only two pieces plus bias for facings. I like the extra deep hem which helps give the bottom of the shirt some structure.

Grainline Willow Tank

For this first shirt, I tried a size 6 but decided the fit was just a wee bit too big. The dart points are also a little low.

Grainline Willow Tank and Blueprints for Sewing A-Frame Skirt

So for my second version, I made a size 4. Better. The dart points are still slightly too low but they’re not terrible. When I make this a third time I’ll probably just rotate the points slightly higher.

Grainline Willow Tank

This version used a Japanese cotton also from The Cloth Pocket.

Grainline Willow Tank

AND (!!!) I used leftover suede from my A-Frame skirt to make bias binding for the neck and armholes! It’s an effect that’s better felt in person than in pictures but I love the added texture and sheen of the suede against the palm print.

Grainline Willow Tank

I’m teaching a class at The Cloth Pocket for this pattern if you want to learn to make it yourself (or just want to spend some social sewing time with me and a few new friends)!

Comments (4) for post “Two Grainline Willow Tanks”

  • I had the same issue with the dart being WAY too low! Any idea on how to fix a gaping armhole in the back? I was able to fix the dart, but I’m struggling with the fit in the back of the armhole 🙁

    • Hey, I don’t have any issues with back armhole gaping but I imagine you could pinch a dart out of the back armhole and rotate the excess down toward the hem. It would be just like if you were doing a dart in front, except instead of the bust being the fullest point, it would be your shoulder bone area instead. You could also rotate the dart excess toward the neckline and have two neckline darts in back instead. Good luck!

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