Coming soon…Gemma Tank!

coming soon: gemma tank

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!!

Gemma Tank Sewing Pattern / made by rae

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 Tank Sewing Pattern / made by rae

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.

Gemma Tank Sewing Pattern / made by rae

And here’s the jewel (higher) neckline, with the hem tucked in:

Gemma Tank Sewing Pattern / made by rae

and left untucked:

Gemma Tank Sewing Pattern / made by rae

So what do you think? Are you excited about Gemma? I think the options are endless!

UPDATE: Gemma sewing pattern now available! Buy Now

31 thoughts on “Coming soon…Gemma Tank!

  1. Just what I’ve been looking for! I was thinking if buying another tank pattern but I didn’t want to have to hassle with making the neckline higher.

    • Ditto!

      I was *this* close to buying another tank pattern when I came across this post. Now I am going to wait for your’s. *no pressure* 😛

  2. Exciting! I love the tank and I love the idea of a bodice fitting class! I’ve been looking for garment sewing classes near Ann Arbor and would love to take another class with you (I took a bag class years ago with you at the Blue House).

  3. I absolutely love it! During the summer my favorite tops are sleeveless and this is the perfect tank I need as part of my staple wardrobe. I appreciate how your patterns are flattering, but still pretty and conservative!

  4. So excited! I was looking at tank tops patterns yesterday! I am of course going to wait for your pattern. I have not found any patterns I find more reliable for fit and ease of following the instructions. Thank you!

  5. I love her…she’s beautiful! Could I lengthen this to make a knee length summer dress and add pockets?

  6. I would like to know if this would be for a beginner? I’m so enticed by your washi dress but have always talked myself out of it. I hate doing buttons so I’m wondering if THIS might be the tank for me to try garment sewing ( I’m a quilter). I made my girls lots of skirt with matching bags when they were little but now they are teens and really don’t want that anymore. Sometimes I’d just like to make a little something for me. Can you tell me if I might be able to pull this off? I totally can do zippers and have a serger but not an overlock .

  7. I love it Rae! I made a tank from another pattern and I wasn’t thrilled with the fit, maybe this is the one for me!!

  8. Rae this looks like another fantastic pattern! I’ve been checking every day to see if this has been released yet! I’ve been gushing over the Beatrix for ages by haven’t bought it yet – any chance of a bundle of patterns off the same ‘block’?

  9. I would LOVE to make this. I’ve only made the geranium dress as far as garment sewing, but this looks simple enough for me to feel confident enough to try. I am definitely going to buy it.

  10. This is exactly the pattern I’ve been searching for! I can’t wait to make 10 of these.

    Now if I could just find the perfect high-waisted skirt.

  11. I’m so excited! It looks like exactly what I’ve been searching for and unable to find. Especially something drafted for a size 8 A cup. Ha! I wish you the best in testing and a speedy release 🙂

  12. I really love the simplicity of this! I have never sewn a garment worn on the upper 1/2 of the body in my whole life but I think I could handle this! Right? Please tell me I’m right ??!!!

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