MADE: Willow Tank Dress from Grainline Studio

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Jennifer Swartzwelder | 3 comments

I've done the Wiksten Tank (and dress), the Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank (pattern now retired), and now comes the Willow Tank Dress from Grainline Studio. I'm game!

Grainline Studio Willow Tank Dress - Spool Fabric Shop | Pittsburgh

But honest first thoughts upon seeing the new pattern release included some concern about about that seam/pleat near my hips. Is that really a good idea for my more pear-shaped figure? And what about the side seam pockets that I like to add to all things? And then I got my hands on the actual pattern and my skepticism eased up. Here's why...

Grainline Willow Tank Dress Black Gingham and Linen - Spool Fabric Shop | Pittsburgh

This two piece, pleated design has some great benefits! Obviously, you can do some color blocking or mix patterns and solids like I did with this version. And the straight hemline makes it a really fantastic choice for a border print (very soon, friends). In terms of pattern pieces, how much does it rock that I don't have to trace out the same piece twice in order to make both the tank and the dress? So much.

Grainline Studio Willow Tank Dress - Spool Fabric Shop | Pittsburgh

I settled on this this 1" black and white gingham for the top and black linen for the skirt. No adjustments to the bodice and just a bit of width added to the skirt for more ease. I wanted to add a little length overall and after finding that the existing length of the bodice would hit above my widest point (a good thing), I chose to add my length to the skirt in order to keep it that way.

Grainline Studio Willow Tank Dress - Spool Fabric Shop | Pittsburgh

So how do I like it? You guys...this dress is like a new kind of secret pajamas! I feel like I put together a kicky outfit with a top and skirt, but it's really this comfy, swing-y shift dress that is bound to keep me cool this summer. The weightier linen works so well here. I also think I'm going to love the higher neckline - no bra-peeking issues like I tend to have with the lower neckline tanks. Now, if the weather would just warm up in time for me to actually bare my legs for an entire day...

Pattern: Willow Tank Dress from Grainline Studio

Fabric: Carolina 1" Gingham in black and black linen

Size: 10

Alterations:  Added 1 1/2" to skirt length


Posted in Dresses, Grainline Studio, Made, Womens' Clothes



3 Responses

Jen @ Spool
Jen @ Spool

August 05, 2016

Frederica – I have not put pockets in this. Let us know if you give it a go!

Frederica Steiner
Frederica Steiner

July 23, 2016

Bit of a late post … This version looks amazing! Did you end up putting side pockets in? I generally put them in most of the clothes I make but I wasn’t sure how they’d work here in terms of the pleat?


May 21, 2016

Love it!

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