Today’s a special day!! The second garment workshop in my Sewing Essentials series on Creativebug launches today: the Gemma Tank Class! Gemma is absolutely perfect for the shift to summery weather and I think you’ll love having this step by step video to walk you through making one. As usual, I’ve loaded this workshop with tips and tricks, and you can watch it happen from start to finish in one sitting, or pause and watch it in bits and pieces as you sew along.
The class includes the downloadable print-at-home pattern in nine women’s sizes (XXS – XL and plus sizes 1-3) and includes two bust size variations (A/B and C/D). Each version shown above features a double-rolled hem and bias-tape finished neck and armholes. Gemma top sews up really quickly and will be a favorite addition to your sewing repertoire.
The Gemma tank has both a scoop neck (shown above) and jewel neckline option. This chambray Gemma below is a favorite of mine and also features the scoop neckline. You can take a look at the other Gemmas we’ve made over at the Gemma page if you like.
And….drumroll…the Gemma class includes instructions not only for the classic tank but ALSO the ruffle-bottom variation! Bonus!!! You may remember I’ve made a handful of ruffled versions, including the ones in this blog post.
In the class, I use elastic thread to gather the skirt. If you’re unfamiliar with that technique or want to see my elastic thread sources, check out the shirring tutorial here.
If you’d like to make the ruffle bottom version but your machine won’t allow you to use the elastic thread (or just don’t want to use elastic thread), you can easily substitute the traditional gathering method by using two lines of basting stitches and pulling on the threads to gather. I demonstrate this in my other Creativebug class Sewing for Little Ones Beginner Dress (look for the section called “Sew the Skirt” and skip ahead to the 2:30 minute mark to see the tutorial on gathering) if you need a visual lesson.
I also have a series of very popular Bias binding tutorials for all your armhole and neckline finishing needs — I’ve shown how to do the tradional method in the class, but of course you can try any of the other methods to mix things up as well.
You can follow this link or click on any of the photos in this post to see the class outline, watch the class preview, and sign up. Creativebug is a subscription-based website, so you get access to all of the classes with your subscription, and you can start with a free trial if you’re not already signed up.
I hope you enjoy this class as much as the Cleo class!!! It’s been really fun to see how many of you have enjoyed the classes so far. Remember to post what you’re making online too!