Grainline Studio Willow Tank Top…

Grainline Studio and a new pattern – for me, it’s an equation for sewing happiness. I really enjoy Jen Beeman’s designs and drafting, and her prices are reasonable.

I admit I hesitated to buy it. It’s a very simple design, one that I can duplicate easily from other patterns I have.  E.g., the Grainline Scout tee -just add a little swing and bust darts.  But, the Willow already has all that, and I do like owning all things Grainline.

Since I really don’t mind the trimming and taping, I got the PDF version. OK, once I decide to try a pattern, I’m also impatient. PDF patterns are so fast! I’m a frequent customer at Sewing Patterns for just that reason – they have an incredible selection of Big 4 and Indie patterns in PDF format.

Back to the Willow – I only wanted the top, which is an easy 15-page tape-up.

Three rows taped, almost done…
Just a few sewing notes:
  • I cut the size 10, my usual Grainline size.
  • I wanted a cropped top to wear with summer pants and shorts, so I followed Jen’s tutorial for cropping the pattern. I shortened mine by 3.5″.
  • The front neckline on this pattern is fairly high – I lowered it by 1/2″.
  • The front and back meet at a rather square-ish angle, not the easiest place to apply a bias binding. So I also trimmed the back neckline just enough to relax the curve in this area.
  • The armholes were a little high  and tight on me – I trimmed 1/2″ at the bottom of the  armholes, gradually decreased about midway up the front and back edges.  
  • The fun stuff – Cotton lawn is pretty sheer, so I added a little detailing with center front and back seams. They’re pressed open and topstitched about 3/8″ away from the seam.
Fabric – Robert Kaufman Cambridge lawn, purchased at Craftsy.

This is a nice little top, versatile, easy to modify…

Pants – V9114  Kathryn Brenne pants in cheetah stretch sateen.

Parting shot – How about a spiny-backed orb weaver. I have lots of these in the yard – their webs are usually stretched between the wall of the house and a tree. Very wide webs, easily 4′ – 5′ across. I don’t mind them, but I really don’t like to get them in my hair!

She’s so pretty (gender is easy to determine – the males have grey abdomens and short, humped spines). AKA the clown-face spider and Florida crab spider…

Gasteracantha cancriformis
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I wrote this post last night, and today is once again framed by a horrific and inhumane act, this time in Nice, France. My thoughts are with everyone impacted by this unspeakable crime and terrible loss. 
Coco

7 thoughts on “Grainline Studio Willow Tank Top…

  1. Coco, what a lovely summer top! It's so very cute on you…paired with those great pants, you're ready for any summer outing! I never heard of Sewing Patterns.com and I too don't mind printing/taping patterns. Thank you for the tip, I just found a Big 4 pattern I was waiting to go on sale…now I can go download it!

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  2. Just lovely. The best thing about simple patterns is being able to add your own little design features and your front and back seams create that little bit of interest.

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  3. Nice top Coco and you look lovely in sleeveless. I bet it just feels cool and nice too. I wonder what happened to the Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank. I liked that one and kept meaning to order it. Dang!
    Beautiful spider, it does look a bit like a clown face! 🙂

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  4. Your top looks fabulous! It's wonderful to have an easy-to-wear, easy-to-sew top for summer. You can always make more … and more …

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