I made another Willow! The new tank pattern from Grainline Studio has a straight hemline. I thought that would be pretty great for a border print and Alison Glass's Handcrafted fabrics are a great weight for a summer top. I wear a lot of black, grays, and muted colors, but I do kind of have a thing for mustard-y yellows mixed with pinks, so this print was a different, yet easy choice for me.
So what to do about the hem? I quite like the wide hem as designed in the pattern, but the print on this particular fabric continued so close to the selvedge and the selvedge itself is so lightweight, that I decided to just go ahead and eliminate the hem altogether. On a top that widens toward the hem, the "straight" hemline will actually have a bit of a curve to it, so if you decide to go this route, just make sure that your side seams don't come down at too steep of an angle, creating too much of a point on your sides. So easy!
I'm really loving the shape and fit of the Willow! After wearing this top, I do plan to go back and adjust the front of my armscye as I found I need a little more room for movement there - a fit issue I've had with other patterns as well, so no big surprise there.
Pattern: Willow Tank Dress from Grainline Studio
Fabric: Handcrafted 2 - Petal in Gold
Alterations: Eliminated the hem to maximize the fabric border
If you're feeling inspired by the border print, here are some other border print fabrics to consider. Just remember to check to see if the fabric has the border on one or both sides and plan to adjust your cutting layout - in my case, I did not need to buy any more fabric than was indicated on the pattern.