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How We Wear It: Color Blocked Linen Willow Tank

By Allie

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How We Wear It: Color Blocked Linen Willow Tank | Indiesew.com

Can we talk about linen for a second? I've experimented with this natural-fiber fabric here and there, but not ever with any great conviction. For years, my warm weather go-to fabric was rayon challis because it drapes well and has a soft hand.

But last week I decided to sew up a color blocked Willow Tank and my opinion on linen took a 180-degree turn. Turns out, linen is an incredibly breathable fabric for hot-weather. It's typically opaque, so there's no lining needed. And the drape and movement of linen is hard to beat.

Yes, some linen fabric wrinkles easily, but I personally feel that adds to the charm of this substrate. And lately I've noticed that quality 100% linen fabrics (like those we offer) don't tend to look overly wrinkly when sitting all day. The wrinkles tend to fall out after a few minutes of standing up.

So now that I've professed my love for the slubby goodness of linen, let's talk about my newest make: a color blocked Willow Tank!

Willow Tank Sewing Pattern | Grainline Studio

Willow Tank + Ginger Jeans | Indiesew Style Post

How We Wear It: Color Blocked Willow Tank

Worn here with Ginger Jeans (View B) and Teysha sandals.

Willow Tank + Lander Shorts | Indiesew Blog
Worn here with Lander Shorts (used with the Lander Zipper Expansion).

This make showed up in my search for linen tank top inspiration and I was instantly moved to create my own version when our new linen fabrics arrived. I loved the look of the Seafoam Linen paired with the Camel Linen, so I set to work modifying the Willow Tank pattern pieces.

To create a color blocked look, I simply cut the front and back bodice pattern pieces at the higher lengthen/shorten line. Then I took an inch off the lower bodice pieces and blended the side seams of the upper and lower front bodice to match. Taking two inches in length (one inch off the total length + one inch in the 1/2" seam allowance) makes the top a bit more cropped for wearing with high-waisted pants.

Indiesew.com | How to Color Block a Tank Top

The images above are rough illustrations of the Willow Tank pattern pieces to illustrate the color block method and not the exact pattern shapes. The darts have been omitted for simplicity.

I also raised the dart of my Willow Tank by 1" which is a typical adjustment for me. Now it hits perfectly at the apex of my bust.

Once my pattern pieces were modified, I cut out my fabric on the fold as shown below. I assembled each front and back bodice, before following the pattern's instructions. When I got to the side seams, I took extra care to make sure my color blocked seams were aligned.

Indiesew.com | Color Blocked Willow Tank by Grainline StudioFor the armhole and neckline bias binding, I used the camel color linen for some contrast inside the garment. 

Willow Tank Bias Binding | Indiesew.com

I've been wearing my Willow Tank with my Ginger Jeans (View B) and a pair of Teysha sandals. It also pairs well with my Lander Shorts (used with the Zipper Expansion). Since I finished this tank top last week, I've worn it at least three times!

If you haven't tried the Willow Tank by Grainline Studio yet, you can grab your copy to get started. If you've sewn your own, we'd love to see your creation. Upload some photos of yours and provide some inspiration to fellow sewists.

Happy sewing!

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