Gemma Sewing Pattern is HERE!

Gemma sewing pattern

Gemma is here!! I’m so excited about this tank pattern, and clearly many of you are as well! It has a clean, sleek cut, beautifully fitted shoulders and bust darts, and an attractive curved hem. This is one of those garments that we can put in the “staple” category, but there’s something about Gemma that’s more special than that. It’s so versatile and comfortable and flattering; I’ve been wearing my test versions constantly this summer, and I’m sure I’ll layer them under cardigans for all the cooler months too.

Gemma is the second of my “Presto Patterns” collection. The idea behind Presto patterns is that they are simple and easy to make, drafted and tested with the same level of care as the rest of my patterns, but include more abbreviated instructions and only one view rather than multiple views (read more about Presto patterns in this post).

Gemma is available as a PDF sewing pattern, which includes print-at-home pages as well as copy shop files (in both A0 and US formats), just like the rest of my women’s digital patterns!

I’ve put together a Gemma Page where you can find all of the blog posts and related tutorials (coming soon!) for Gemma.

In the shop listing, you’ll find additional photos, plus all the charts for sizes, finished measurements, and yardage.

I’d love to see what you make with the Gemma Pattern! Please use the hashtags #gemmatank#madebyrae, or #raemademedoit on Instagram and Twitter to share your photos, or post pictures of your finished pants to the Rae Made Me Do It pool in Flickr and see what others have made! I also have a Made by Rae group on Facebook now, so if you’d like to join and be a part of the sewing community there, please request to join!


18 thoughts on “Gemma Sewing Pattern is HERE!

  1. Yay! It’s here! It’s here! I must admit I own waaaay more tank tops than one person should. But I wear them Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring. Perfect for layering.

    Might I make one suggestion for future patterns? I’d love to have more pictures in the pattern shop of ladies of *ahem* various body shapes. (It’s not just you…everybody wants to pick the most flattering model!) It sure would help those of us who aren’t a size 6 or under decide if the pattern is truly flattering for us. (And of course there’s no perfect answer. One size 12 is not always the same proportion as another size 12.) For now, I’ll just have to wait until Instagram starts filling with pictures of folks who’ve made themselves a Gemma tank!

  2. I am so thrilled that Gemma is here! Downloaded the pattern and will begin sewing very soon!
    Thanks Rae!

  3. Made the muslin, removing the bust darts (since I’m a Flat & Fabulous breast cancer survivor!) and the M Gemma fits me to a tee!!! Thanks so much for another fabulous pattern and for the link on how to remove bust darts….it really works!

    • Yes, I’d recommend using the bust darts for almost everyone — please take a look at the size chart page for advice on whether to use the A/B bodice or the C/D bodice!! Really depends on your upper bust / bust difference!!

  4. What yardage do you need if you are making bias tape out of a different fabric and just want to get fabric for the body of the garment (size S)

  5. This is the exact silhouette I’m looking for!! Any chance of a sleeve add on? Or would the Beatrix or Josephine sleeves work?

    • Glad you like it, Emily! If you like this silhouette with sleeves, I would just recommend making Beatrix. You could make Beatrix as a regular pullover (sans back buttons) by cutting the back bodice on a fold on the back center line.

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