Liberty, dropped-hem Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank

Liberty dropped-hem Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank

It’s another Grainline pattern to add to the Scout Tee versions one, two and three and the Alder shirt dress versions one and two. I’m adding a Talvikki/Linden mash-up in a gorgeous French Terry and an Archer popover variation in double gauze to the list too.  The Tiny Pocket Tank pattern from  Grainline Studio had been in my collection for a couple of months and a rainy July day when I was in the mood for a new top in a day seemed like a good time to get it out.  I traced the pattern pieces so I was working with the full piece rather than the half piece.

I find it makes me use the fabric better with less waste. I didn’t bother with the neck and arm binding pieces so I could use bias binding all the way round. Without those you can make this top with the tiniest amount of material.

I’ve had a piece of the Liberty Tana Lawn I used to make the Colette Laurel dress in my stash for a while. I love this print but can’t remember what it’s called. I loved it so much I bought a small piece to make the pocket and bias binding for  my Japanese crepe Scout Tee, which also uses the Tiny Tank pocket, but in a different colour way. I had a little bit left- just enough for bias biding and the pocket. I made up two 35 cm squares into 1.5″ strips and  then double fold tape. I have quite a lot left over for another time- added bonus.

Liberty dropped-hem Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank

I cut a straight size 4 for this pattern and did put together a quick toile to check the fit and for neck gape- none for once! I added 4″ to the length of the tank at this stage so I could have a play with dropping the hem at the back.

Liberty dropped-hem Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank

I shaped the side seams in at the waist and back out again a bit and worked out that I wanted a 3″ difference between the front hem and back hem.

Liberty dropped-hem Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank

Then it was just a case of working out how wide I wanted the highest level across the front and using the French curve to draw a nice even line which dropped 1.5″ to the side seam then another line which dropped another 1.5″ to the lowest point at the centre back- easy!

Liberty dropped-hem Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank

I didn’t have my overlocker to hand so used French seams on the small number of seams there are.

Liberty dropped-hem Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank

I left sewing on the pocket till after I’d done the side seams and could try the top on. The pocket placement marks weren’t quite right after I played with the side seams so this way I could check it was straight and looked right.

Liberty dropped-hem Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank

Last step was to add the bias binding at the neck, armscyes and bottom edge. Easy! The only thing I forgot to do was to remove seam allowances at the armscyes because I used bias binding instead so they are marginally tighter at the front than I would like but I can live with it.

I’m thinking one in rayon or double gauze next…

So here it is my Tiny Tank in Liberty two ways.

Liberty dropped-hem Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank

Liberty dropped-hem Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank

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