I spent a silly amount of time choosing a basic woven tank pattern. I passively waffled for a month trying to choose between Grainline’s Tiny Pocket Tank, the Wiksten tank and drafting my own from a RTW tank.
The Wiksten tank won out because the neckline and armholes looked low enough and I surmised that the lack of darts wouldn’t be problematic for someone of my shape. I decided against drafting my own after a cost-benefit analysis; I’m guessing it would have taken me 2 hours to copy my tank (and another hour to find it), but $8.50 and a half hour to tape the PDF printouts together. A quick project should be a quick project!
I made a test tank and decided to lengthen the straps by 1/2″ in the front and back. Then, with great trepidation, I cut into the beautiful cotton/silk blend I bought from Stephanie’s stash. (I discovered her blog recently and scoured it in one long sitting. That’s when I discovered her “Shop My Stash” link. I had a GREAT experience buying fabric from her. Thanks, Stephanie!)
I did the dress version (although at my height, it’s more of a tunic). I’ve already worn it three times in a week.
The silhouette is pretty billowy below the bust, but I think the ligher fabric drapes nicely enough to make it work without a belt. I did wear one when I wore it to work, along with a denim shirt.
My sis took these pictures of me, as one might have guessed because how nicely they turned out!
This also happened:
Since this is probably the face I make when I’m zoning out, it’s no wonder I’m usually the second-to-last person people sit next to on the bus. (The person talking audibly to themselves always wins). I don’t believe that women – or anybody – need to smile all the time. Just funny to catch a glimpse of how one might appear in the world!
Back to the Wiksten tank – I can already think of a few variations I want to make! Button plackets, color blocking, sleeves, collars… Do you have a favorite woven tank pattern?