Beloved Bespoke Split Back Tank

One of my favourite parts of making my own clothes is the ability to alter them at will, and incorporate inspiration from other people. So when I stumbled upon Natasha’s split back Tiny Pocket Tank, I knew it belonged in my closet. Add 1.5m of Cotton + Steel double gauze, and it was fabric destiny!

split back tank

I mean, right? There’s some wrinkly, double-gauzey action going on, but really!

This is Natasha‘s genius hack of the super duper versatile Grainline Studio Tiny Pocket Tank Pattern. First off, I love this pattern. I made a version in Charley Harper penguins that has yet to meet the blogosphere, and I was hooked. The close fit + bust dart makes this a super flattering tank with minimal sewing effort. I was pleased to find that the fit carries over to the split back version of the tank.

split back tank front

I lowered the bust dart by 1.25″ using this method. It worked, but I’m not totally thrilled with the result. As I’m sure you can see, there is some fabric pulling in the armscye section. It’s not enough to redo the shirt, but it’s definitely something I will endeavour to avoid next time around.

split back tank back

For the back, I would maybe wear a different bra next time haha. I used super-long 1.25″ strips of the double gauze for bias binding allllllll the way around the edges and it worked great! Not gonna lie, my walking foot was a HUGE asset in this project. I also frenched all the seams, just in case.

I sewed the top 6″ of the back closed and left the rest open. It catches in a heavy wind but otherwise stays in place. And that 6″ of stitching makes it so nothing personal gets revealed anyway, heh. There’s a bit of pulling right at the edge of the stitching, so I may need to reinforce it somehow. The top looks awesome with jeans or shorts though, and the double gauze is perfect hot weather fabric (absolutely necessary for Ontario summers).

Overall, I’m very happy with how this top turned out! I anticipate wearing it a lot to summer concerts and the beach.

yayyyy! double gauze rocks!

yayyyy! double gauze rocks!

Pattern: Tiny Pocket Tank by Grainline Studio

Size: 0

Fabric: Cotton + Steel Bespoke Double Gauze Spark Natural

Modifications: lowered bust dart by 1.25″, split back mod


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