It’s high summer and what could be more perfect for the hot weather than a lightweight cotton tank? I’ve been making tons of these tanks for my wardrobe this spring and summer, so it’s time for a new pattern! I’m happy to announce that the Gemma sewing pattern
will be ready soon is now here!!
My goal was to create something simple based on the basic block I used to make Beatrix and Josephine, with the goal of getting the same great fit (or better!) in a pattern that is quicker and easier to sew and takes less yardage. I also wanted something that would teach the basics of women’s garment sewing (bust darts, curved hem, bias binding) that I could use eventually for teaching a basic bodice-fitting sewing class, locally in Ann Arbor or maybe even online. So I took some of the things I loved from those patterns and played around even more with the fit — personally I think the fit is even better than before — and the result is Gemma!
Gemma has two neckline options, a shirttail hem, and bias-bound arms and neck. I love that you can tuck it in or wear it out — and Gemma again includes two front bodice pattern pieces for A/B and C/D cup sizes (just like Beatrix and Josephine). Gemma is easy and quick to sew, so it was the perfect choice to be my next Presto pattern (in a nutshell, my Presto patterns are simpler and cheaper, but feel free to click that link for more details). The neckline shown on the pink tank is the scoop (lower) neckline. I made this pink tank using Alison Glass’ Handcrafted cotton (I purchase her fabrics directly from her shop), and the navy Liberty of London pencil print came from Dry Goods Design.
And here’s the jewel (higher) neckline, with the hem tucked in:
and left untucked:
So what do you think? Are you excited about Gemma? I think the options are endless!
UPDATE: Gemma sewing pattern now available! Buy Now