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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Grainline Studio's Willow Tank and Dress

Hi guys! I made a new dress and tank top: the Willow Tank Dress from Grainline Studio. Want to see?

First I used double gauze gingham to make the dress version. I had some trouble with the shifty fabric. I should have sprayed it with starch to keep it from stretching, since the gingham lines became a bit crooked. It was too wonky for me, so I cut off the serged side seams and re-serged it, hoping there would be enough ease to still fit. 

I think it looks pretty good now. The back is still a little crooked, but Jason says no one else would notice. I'm not sure about that, but I like it well enough to wear it. I may try again with a different kind of fabric, or a double gauze without a straight design on it. I think I can figure out how to add pockets, which would make it perfect.

I love this fabric! Double gauze is awesome for summer. It seems like it will be see-through, but then it isn't. It's such a breezy, lightweight thing to wear, and you don't have to layer on a slip underneath (at least that's been the case with the few that I've used). I don't want any extra layers when it's hot out!


My second version is a tank top made of rayon challis from Cotton & Steel. This is a perfect summer top for me. It looks pretty fancy, but it's super easy to throw on. It doesn't cling, but it has a nice drape. For this one, I decided to remove the darts, and I think I'll make it like this in the future. I don't really need bust darts, so this works for me.


It goes together quickly. The longest part is the bias binding, of course. The more I use that technique, the quicker I get. 


I can definitely see myself using this pattern again. It would be nice in a bunch of different fabrics. Have you tried it?

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