given my infatuation with all things grainline studio, i thought it was time i corrected the wrong of not yet having made a tiny pocket tank (or scout tee, for that matter… will get to that soon also!). i have a handful of cotton voile sorbettos and while that is a nice little free pattern, it took a bit of hacking to get the shape and length i needed. so i decided to try the TPT. i like the swingy silhouette, and a woven tank feels like the grown up version of the knit old navy tanks i used to live in during the summers. thankfully, they don’t much make it past pj tops anymore because they’re worn to bits… i recently ordered a whole load of fabrics from fashionfabricsclub.com when they had one of their massive sales so i picked out this solid emerald green cotton voile (love this color!) and sewed it up yesterday. after all the kid sewing (and several makes i haven’t yet blogged…) i needed a quick something for myself.
[long side note: i took a nasty fall on my morning run two weeks ago. don’t know how, but i managed to tear up the heel of my right hand, bruise and scrape up my right knee, my left shoulder, elbow and left side of my face, and my husband is pretty sure i had a mild concussion… i was able to finish the last mile and a half of my run despite the spotty vision, which i now recognize was a rather stupid thing to do. i totally didn’t realize how much damage i had done! while i’ve mostly healed up, i’ve started to wonder if i didn’t fracture my cheekbone or tear some muscle. it still hurts a little to the touch and my smile looks so weird now! my cheek is sore just from smiling for these pics. ugh! i’m sure nobody would notice but me, but there you have it. if i look funny, that’s why.]
overall this top is a win, and definitely wearable. there are a few things i need to modify to get a better fit though. first off, the dart placement is too low. i have a high bust so that dart needs to head north at least 1/2″. also, i think i need to lessen the dart intake by about 1/2″ for a SBA. i think this would be less noticeable if the dart were positioned correctly for my body, but it’s pretty clear that my dart is only partially filled. oh yeah, and i need a good inch added to the neckline. i’ll probably have to layer this with a cami, because as is there’s too much wardrobe malfunction potential.
the dart on this top seems different than most. it hinges the top part instead of the bottom (or some combination of the two), so the side seam above the dart ends up on the bias. sure, a bust dart is a bust dart, but if you need to alter the dart it’s important to know how the pattern works. i’ve seen a few reviews mention tightness above the bust and under the arm and i think how the dart hinges and/or the dart position, is behind all that.
hopefully i’ll make a few more TPT’s so i can verify my pattern changes, because it’s a great pattern to have in the arsenal!