Grainline Studio Tiny Pocket tank
Needless to say our singlet week has gone a bit pear-shaped, and plans to get all five singlets up by Friday have clearly failed. Whoever decided it was a good idea to post five stories on a blog the week before Christmas is obviously crazy (it was Klarissa). So, as our lives have been taken over by primary school graduations, grade 4 discos, extended family Christmas party baking, binge-watching of the whole second series of Transparent and general frenzied last minute present buying, our last little singlet story has been pushed to the back of the queue. But here we are, back again, because no singlet week would be complete without the Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank.
There are many semi-scientific studies out there on sewing blogs about the differences between the Grainline Tiny Pocket and the Wiksten tanks. The two top patterns were both early trailblazers in the indie pattern singlet market, so it makes sense that they get compared. But as we’ve learned this week, it’s the subtle differences that make a singlet special, and the Tiny Pocket does indeed have its own particular advantages. If you’re after a singlet with a deep scoop neck – look no further.
Pattern: The Tiny Pocket Tank was one of the earlier patterns by Grainline Studio, and is still available on the Grainline site as a PDF or paper pattern. The top has bust darts, a tiny pocket (duh), a slightly flared body and the scoopiest of necklines of all the singlets we’ve sampled this week. For the neckline alone, it’s a good layering piece (fits right on in under a cardigan) and would also suit finer fabrics for dressing up.
Fabric: Yes, it is indeed another Nani Iro print – this one is 2014’s Shine Many Ways in cotton sateen. I got mine at Miss Matatabi, and used most of it last summer for a Simplicity 1366. I still had just enough left for the Tiny Pocket Tank, although it took a bit of puzzling to get the pieces cut from what I had leftover. One seam has an added feature of the palette display and the Nani Iro Textile stamp, which I kind of like. The sateen is quite a stiff fabric – it worked well in the 1366 top, but I think I’d prefer a bit more drape for this singlet.
Tricky bits and adjustments: This is a very easy make and as always with Grainline patterns, the instructions are clear and logical and there’s help on hand with the site’s Sewalongs. I skipped the tiny pocket on this version, because the fabric is fairly busy already, but otherwise I followed the pattern verbatim. As with many of our singlets this week, I suspect I sewed a size too big – the neckline is seriously scooped. I often make this mistake with American sizing – it must be something about the psychology of those tiny size numbers. Seriously guys – Size 0??? What does that even mean??
Verdict: This one’s a Christmas gift for a friend, so the jury’s out on whether it’s a keeper or not. My friend loves to layer and looks great in soft blues and greens, so I’m hoping she likes it. As for me, I’ll be trying this pattern again in a size down and drapier fabric, as I like the neckline and the flared shape. I’ll report back – but for now I think we’ve seen enough singlet patterns to last a small lifetime!
There are some lovely double gauze and cotton Tiny Pockets here on mmmcrafts, together with an in-depth analysis of the differences between the Tiny Pocket and Wiksten patterns;
This one from Ada Spragg is from a few years back, but the print still looks pretty fresh to me;
I love this textured grey chambray version with a contrast pocket from Amy Nicole Studio.