Color Block Tank Top with Buttons

March 9, 2016

Though you can’t tell from my moodily lit photos, it was an amazing SEVENTY THREE DEGREES in Western, NY today. How’s that for an early Spring?! I can’t remember the last time I felt warm while outside and my cats and I were seriously loving it. Granted, it’s only March and New York gets a notorious late Spring snow in April (practically guaranteed). And of course, right at the time I took these pictures, the sun disappeared and that “It’s going to rain at any second” type of wind blew in to erase all photographic evidence of such an amazing record warm day. But! Let’s not overlook the fact that it’s March 9th and I’m sharing my latest sewing project …which is a tank top …and I’m wearing it outside …and I’m not freezing!


This, technically, is a Grainline Studio Tiny Pocket Tank, but with a large helping of modifications. Most noticeably: a color block alteration with a button band in the back. Less noticeably: some Lady Turtle alterations like darts at the back neck, and an adjustment for forward sloping shoulders. Though the bust darts still drive. me. nuts. on this tank top, I’m super proud of how I’ve gotten the back, neck, and armholes to fit! One thing at a time, I suppose.


The fabric is Cambridge Cotton Lawn, by Robert Kaufman, in Moss and Mango. It’s my first time sewing with this specific fabric (if you’ve sewn with a lot of cotton lawn, you know the drape and hand can very greatly between companies) and I love it! The fabric is lightweight but not sheer, the hand is soft but not butter-y slick. It’s slightly more on the crisp, paper-y side and when you wash it, it textures up. A lot.


If you hate wrinkles, this fabric is not for you. If you’re like me and you can’t ever get enough ironing when you sew because you love ironing/pressing for sewing SO MUCH, but then you’ll never touch an iron for normal, non-sew-y things (like looking presentable after you wash your clothes) – then this fabric is definitely for you! I pre-washed the yardage, and then washed the completed garment again before taking blog photos and the result is an allover crinkly texture. It’s a uniform crinkle, which I kinda think I love, so I’m just going with it. No ironing for me!


I read a quote on Pinterest the other day that said “It’s not bragging if you can back it up” so I’m totally not going to brag right now and pat myself on the back for how well I matched up my side seams. “Good job, Rochelle! You’re doing great! Your poor cat is sick and ate a hole through your hand while you were trying to administer Amoxicillin, but hey! You’re still winning this week! …and cleaning up epic amounts of cat barf! But still winning!” (I keep telling myself that like I keep telling my cat that antibiotics are not actually poison).


The color blocking and button back modifications were super easy to do, making this a really quick project but with enough interest to keep it …well, interesting. The Tiny Pocket Tank is one of my favorite patterns ever (though ironically I’ve never actually made a version with the namesake tiny pocket) and I already have plans for many, many more modified versions.


Outfit Details:
Tank Top Pattern – Tiny Pocket Tank
Tank Top Fabric – Cambridge Cotton Lawn
Hat Pattern – Wiksten Jul
Jeans – J. Crew Outlet
(Best fitting jeans I’ve found to date! Totally using these to judge the fit on Ginger when I finally sew them.)
Shoes – Old Navy
Glasses – c/o Victory Optical
(20% off all frames with code LUCKY20)


Well that’s about all I have to say about this project. My next blog post is going to be another Tiny Pocket Tank, in a slightly different variation, because it’s already finished and blog-ready! I shared a sneak peek on Instagram earlier this week.


As I mentioned, I’m not particularly thrilled with the folds and slight awkwardness happening around the bust darts on this top, so I think my next version with have a top yoke and gathers so I can forgo the darts altogether. We’ll see how it turns out! (Note to self: Definitely continue to use bias tape for curved hems instead of the traditional fold-up method. You (I) always get much nicer results!)


If you’re not enjoying nice weather and that itch for Spring sewing yet, I hope it reaches you soon! It does wonders for the soul. …and for the cats. My cats have been rolling and flopping circles around the yard and I probably would have joined them except I didn’t want to get my new tank top all grass stained. Though I guess that wouldn’t have been an issue if I had sewn an all green tank top, but then it wouldn’t have been so color-blocky and Spring-y! …but I digress 😉

But seriously, YAY SPRING!