Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Testing, Testing: Greenwood Tank

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to test the new Greenwood tank pattern, a lovely knit tank from Straight Stitch Designs



I was really excited for a chance to try out what promised to be a solid wardrobe basic, especially after my Me-Made-May wardrobe analysis indicated that I am missing just these types of layering pieces.


This is my tester version (in a not-very-basic neon striped jersey from Girl Charlee a couple years ago). I got a pretty great fit with no changes to the pattern. Next time I might take an inch or two off the length, but otherwise am quite happy with it as is!


I made the version with the higher back, but there is an option for a lower, scooped back, similar to the front. 


The pattern includes instructions for doing a cool knit binding, a method I've never used before, but really liked. It's pretty flexible, though, in that you could also do a regular t-shirt style binding for a different look. 


I am really pumped about the Greenwood pattern... I'm planning to cut out a few in solid colors like black, white and navy to serve as layering pieces under a blazer or cardigan.


23 comments:

  1. I bought this on the weekend! I just really wanted a simple classic tank that wouldn't need adjustments. Plus I saw yours in one of the pattern tester wrap ups, so i thought I'd trust you on this one! (Glad you actually liked the pattern, now that you've blogged about it!) Yours looks great!
    The binding on mine came out wider and more bulky than I expected - is your quite wide too? I need to go back to the instructions and check how much I am supposed to serge off when I attach the binding, maybe?

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    1. I'm still perfecting the binding. For this one, I didn't cut any width off when I serged. I think the width of your binding also depends on how far you pull it over the serged bit and how thick your fabric is, too. Megan Nielsen has a great tutorial on binding that helped me a lot: http://blog.megannielsen.com/2013/02/briar-sewalong-neckline-binding/

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    2. PS: I am honored you trusted my judgement!! ;-)

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    3. My fabric was a 4-way stretch knit, and I wonder if that's part of it? Or maybe I just didn't stretch the binding tight enough, and I should have cut it shorter... I'll keep trying! :)

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  2. I love the shape of the necklines. I have Jalie's tank, and the lines are just a little too masculine for me. I hate looking like a gym rat! This tank does the work of a tank while still being obviously feminine.

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    1. I agree! I like how the straps are thin enough, but still cover my bra straps perfectly.

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  3. It looks great on you! I am adding this to my wish list!

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  4. I love this!! I've been searching for a good tank top pattern like this (tanks like these are pretty much the only thing I've still been buying RTW) - and when I saw yours, I loved it so much I bought the pattern right away!! I have some plans to make a few solid colors in the next few weeks, but I wish I had some cute knit like yours here!

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    1. Thanks, Katie! I feel like this tank pattern really fills a hole in the sewing pattern market- I was in the same boat as you. Can't wait to see yours!

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  5. Perfect basic in a great, fun color. Might have to give this one a try.

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    1. Thanks, Noelle! You should definitely try it!

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  6. Yes, you seem to have achieved the holy grail of tank tops here - cute narrow straps, flatteringly low neckline that shows enough skin, but covers the bra straps and isn't exploding boobs! (There is a very fine line between frumpy and slutty in my world. Please tell me I'm not the only one!) Very intriguing ...

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    1. I agree! I was so happy when I tried it on and it covered my bra straps and my armpit chub. And yet it still looks nice!

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  7. This looks awesome! I love that neon pink! This totally looks like a great staple tank pattern.

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  8. Sorry, I missed a couple glaring typos in my post and couldn't stand it LOL!

    I've been considering this pattern for a week or so, but you've sold me on it Meg :D. Like many have mentioned already, it's feminine but not too revealing. Which is exactly what I've been seeking in a tank pattern. You look terrific in it, hope you make a zillion of them.

    One question, is a serger required to achieve the finish you used for the neckline and armholes?

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    1. Thanks, Ginny! No serger required. You basically sew (or serge) the binding to the wrong side of the neckline and then roll the binding to the right side, over the seam and topstitch.

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  9. I think that neon stripes are perfectly basic! Great job!

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  10. I've been looking for a tank pattern. Thanks for the review! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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