Saturday, 26 May 2012

Tiny Pocket Tank – sans tiny pocket

I have another quick and dirty make to share with you all today! I promise I will sew something more challenging soon, but after the success of my Scout Woven Tee I just had to try another grainline studio pattern, the Tiny Pocket Tank. The weather’s been so warm this week that summery makes are just the ticket...especially bright and loose-fitting ones!

This tank looks sweet both tucked into my aubergine Ginger or left free over jeans.

 
There’s not an awful lot to say about the construction of this pattern, as it’s so easy. I cut out a size 6 all over and it fits perfectly - next time I make the Scout Woven Tee I’ll do the same for a slightly more fitted look. I made this from jersey material (now there’s a surprise) and I used Sewaholic’s Renfrew method for binding the neck and armholes which always guarantees a professional-looking finish. I omitted the tiny pocket, because although it’s very teeny tiny and sweet, it would only draw more unwanted attention to my not so teeny tiny bust. Next time I may even make the front neckline just a smidge higher too.


 I finished the neck, armholes and hem with shocking pink thread, which looks pretty cool.


I had very little fabric to work with so I pieced the back by cutting it on the bias – seems to have worked ok thankfully.


I love this summery top so much, that I’m entering it into the Pink Challenge, hosted by Vivika who blogs in Greek over at The Wandering Deer. To enter you just need to submit anything pink you’ve made (it doesn’t have to be sewn, it can be anything at all) via email to vivika87@gmail.com by 31 May.

Tilly’s recent post on French sewing blogs
actually reminded me of how I stumbled across Vivika's blog in the first place. Back in January, a similar post on foreign blogs by Lazy Stitching introduced me to a brilliantly Greek blog – Madame Pelagie - which then led me to The Wandering Deer. Isn’t that weird and wonderful? Being from Cyprus I’m fluent in Greek, but having moved to England when I was just 13yrs old means that I’m not familiar with a lot of sewing terms in the Greek language. Discovering these blogs has not only brought me up to date in terms of language, but it has also instilled me with an unexpected sense of belonging.

Anyway, the eagle-eyed among you may have noticed something new about my photos...in the background. I came home from work on Wednesday to a surprise makeover of our balcony - complete with furniture and plants - orchestrated by my lovely boyfriend. Although It does limit my photo-taking space, it's now such a lovely area and perfect for this glorious weather we're experiencing. The boy done good!



38 comments:

  1. that pink thread really lift this cute tee and how lucky to have a lovely terrace to enjoy the sun x

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  2. Awesome! Thank you so much for participating in my pink challenge!

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  3. Very very cute! I must say I like it more untucked.
    At this point I'm sooo curious about the Renfrew pattern and its instructions that I think I'll end up buying it!

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    1. Do it, do it! It's very versatile ;o)

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  4. Cute top! I love these sorts of quick makes for the summer - I have a hard time staying indoors long enough to make anything more complicated :)
    What a good boyfriend you have to pretty up your terrace. It looks lovely!

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  5. What a cute top! I love it paired with your aubergine Ginger skirt, too.

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    1. Thanks Sarah, I didn't think it would look good tucked in, so I was pleasantly surprised!

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  6. I LOVE that top! Totally going to give that pattern a try. I love loose tanks. I also love your balcony!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I think the tank will look great on you and it's such a quick and easy make!

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  7. I've not hemmed t-shirts like that - thanks for the tip. Love your pink zig zag top stitching.
    Your balcony looks very stylish and a civilised way to spend your summer evenings. I've always had a bit of thing for balconies but never had one.

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    1. A garden would be even better, but having a balcony makes living in a flat sooo much better!

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  8. Lovely! It is so pretty and summery and comfortable looking too, I'm sure you'll wear this heaps over summer!

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  9. Your boyfriend must be the super hero I dream of.Top looks good too by the way!x

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  10. I love your balcony! It looks great! Ooh, you'll be able to sip your morning tea outside!

    I love your tiny pocket tank! That jersey is so pretty! Now I'm itching to try one out in jersey!

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    1. Indeed I can, though it's been too hot for tea if you can believe it. It won't last of course, but it's lovely for now ;o)

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  11. Nice job! I really like this tank. Excellent fabric choice :)

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  12. That is such pretty fabric and really suits the tank. You've become a knit fabric expert!

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    1. Well, I don't think an 'expert' as such! Seriously though, knit is the easiest thing to sew with ever!

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  13. What a beautiful floral! And such a nice casual top. Well done :D

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  14. I love it. Going to check the pattern out now. Sewing with knit is addictive. I am now only considering knit patterns, which is really lazy of me, but they are just so quick to whip up, and you don't get to sew darts....utter bliss

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    1. I'm the same Dibs...I'm terrible for it!

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  15. Lovely balcony :-) Just in time for this wonderful summer ....
    This top looks ideal for what you are wearing it with & like the balcony, perfect timing. Like the fabric, lots & sweet bright pink stitching!

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  16. Cute tanktop - and yay for the balcony makeover!

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  17. I'm sure you will wear this cute top all the time! I lspent a semester at Oxford when I was 19 and dated a very cute Cyprian aristocratic something or other who was a student there. I wish now I had taken him up on his offer to visit Cyprus!

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    1. Wow, that's interesting! Maybe you'll get to visit Cyprus one day...though it won't be able to compare with your recent visit to Japan ;o)

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  18. love the tank, Marie! you chose a great print! the balcony looks great too - it makes such a difference having some outdoor space (we currently haven't any - boohoo).

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  19. This is awesome! I would love to try something like this.
    www.blissfulsewing.blogspot.com

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  20. It's such a beautiful tank! I love it tucked & untucked. Looks very flattering!

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  21. Ahem. Is my blog "brilliantly Greek", as you say, or is it just brilliant? ;)
    Thanks for the very kind words, Marie, they really made my day!
    It's also very interesting, you know, saying that you learn greek sewing terminology from greek blogs, cause, I try to do the same thing, given that I learned to sew from the internet, so I too learned the english terms first. We all learn together. Isn' t internet great?
    Anyhoo, thanks again, my dear!
    Kisses!

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    1. Haha, not brilliantly Greek, brilliant full stop ;o) I think it's amazing that you learned to sew online, in a language that's not your first...although your English really is perfect! I meant what I said anyway, I'm so glad to have discovered your lovely blog and your writing is so witty!

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  22. How have I missed your blog ?? I love this top so much infact I have just downloaded it on the basis that your gorgeous version is just the type of thing I need to make to fill the gaps in my wardrobe.

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    1. Thank you Lisa! I'm off to explore your blog now ;o)

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  23. This top is adorable... I also took part in Vivika's contest.
    I' m so glad that I found you!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by...see you over at your blog ;o)

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  24. Lovely top Marie - I absolutely love the fabric - where did you find it? It reminds me of a top I saw in Stylist magazine, which costs £38 from Oasis. I couldn't bring myself to buy it as I knew it was makeable! You look lovely in yours : ) Rosie xx

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