Too small for a make, too lovely to throw, tank to the rescue

What do you do with your fabric scraps? I can’t bear parting with beautiful fabric. Undies might be the way to go, there are some lovely ones on the interwebs, like this watercolour floral set by Carolyn.

I had some white linen left from my Anna top. No good for undies but, Grainline’s tiny pocket tank absolutely. Just enough linen to provide some modesty for a woman of a certain age. Worn here with my shibori navy print Tessuti Laura pants.  Just step back a bit dear……….tmp_21837-image1686019508

I had such a small amount of linen that I ended up cutting it on the bias just to squeeze it out of what I had left. I think the bias gives it quite a nice effect though. The self-made bias for finishing the neck and arms took a bit of making-do, joining small bits of linen.

I think I’ll get much more wear out of this with the linen section than if I’d made the whole thing out of the eyelet. Very breezy, will be perfect in the heat. It’s more unseasonal sewing, all in the cause of building a travel wardrobe.

“Canberrans have struggled through the coldest August night in 20 years with temperatures dropping to as low as -7.6 degrees.”



I  cut the top of front pattern piece as long as I could make it with the little linen that I had, which was just below the dart. The remainder out of the eyelet, with a seam allowance to enable them to be joined. I overlocked/serged all the seams and the self made bias makes for a very neat top. I’m definitely going to make the Grainline tank again. I may not bother with the pocket.

And snippet of sewing nerdiness, an eyelet is small hole ornamented with stitching around its edge, used as a form of decoration in embroidery: her dress is of the whitest fabric, all eyeleted, embroidered, sashed. From late Middle English oilet and from Old French oillet, diminutive of oil ‘eye’, from Latin oculus.(Oxford)close up of inside of grainline tank

Inside of .grainline tank



Pattern: Grainline tiny pocket tank

Fabric: white linen from Tessuti, eyelet from the Fabric Store

Notions: self made linen bias binding.

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15 thoughts on “Too small for a make, too lovely to throw, tank to the rescue

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