Pattern Hack – Grainline Scout Tank

I’ve been on a pattern hacking kick lately. First up is a sleeveless version of the Grainline Scout Tee.

This pattern hack is inspired by a friend with a very cute top. I recently saw her in a loose fitting, slightly cropped tank. Rather than steal hers I thought I’d make my own. Her top reminded me of the Scout Tee so I headed home and whipped up the first version. This one is in Nani Iro Pocho double gauze from Miss Matatabi that I have been hoarding for just the right summer top.

Grainline Scout Tank in Nani Iro Double Gauze

One of the cool things about the inspiration top is the v-neck in back. So I gave that a shot, too.

Grainline Scout Tank in Nani Iro Double Gauze

Altogether very happy with this first attempt. But the more open front and back necklines made it a little loose on top. So to improve the fit I added little ribbon bra-strap carriers using Dixie DIY’s tutorial.

This one’s gotten plenty of wear so I knew I wanted to make another. For the second one I removed a little fabric along the neckline (took a small wedge out of the front and the back) for a closer fit up top and shortened it more.

Grainline Scout Tank in Rayon Chambray

This one is made from a tencel chambray which has a lot of drape. I didn’t want to fuss with using the tencel for bias tape since it’s a bit slippery but I didn’t want to use the heavy cotton-poly pre-made stuff either. So I made some bias tape using a cotton-silk blend that’s been sitting in my stash. It was really easy to work with and a good match to the weight of the fabric.

Grainline Scout Tank in Rayon Chambray

Quick question: does anyone have a good method for applying bias tape around a v-neck? I sort of made this up as I went along and while it turned out ok I wouldn’t mind some tips or pointers to tutorials if anyone knows of one.

Details: Scout woven tee sz 0, lowered armscye, no sleeves, modified front and back neckline (lowered and removed some width), shortened by ~2 inches

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