This weekend kicked off our city’s 9 day Riverfest event. Weather permitting, we tend to spend a lot of time outside enjoying the festivities – and it can get really hot. Which means, it’s perfect tank top weather! I decided, last minute, to finally try out George & Ginger’s Groove Tank and use a Dolce & Gabbana panel (I can’t believe they still have some!) that I had picked up quite some time ago from Elliot Berman.
First off, let me say, I loved this panel…. it was generous. Not only was there enough for the front of the tank, but the back and bindings as well. The only thing that I didn’t care for is that the material has a faded\washed ‘design’ to it so when the back is pieced, you notice the seam because the colors don’t blend well. One thing to note as well, the material is very thin, so you’ll want to make sure you use a smaller needle with this one.
Now for the pattern. First off, I should let you know I sized this one up. After looking at the model photos, I noticed that the bust seemed tight on some – then I read the finished measurements and saw that the Groove Tank had negative ease, so going up one size definitely made for a more flattering fit. The second thing I did was take 1 1/2″ off the hem. While the tank would make a nice tunic length top, it was way too long on me to wear with a pair of shorts. As for construction, this tank was really easy to put together; the instructions were good and pieces came together without a hitch.
Overall, the Groove Tank was a fun sew and I liked the end results. I’ll probably make another one of these before the summer is out!