I am so excited to share my latest makes with you here today. It’s this button up Greer tank that I made based on the latest Greer Jumpsuit pattern by Hey June patterns. I’ve already made three versions of this pattern that you can see here or here. And I’d been dying to hack it into a button up tank ever since I saw some really cute ready-to-wear ones online. I am also wearing my high-waisted Eddystone jeans by Itch to Stitch patterns in these photos.
So for the Greer Tank, I followed Loni’s tutorial here to straighten out the sides, I also followed her length recommendation and kept my shoulder to hem length (before hemming) to 20″ and it’s the perfect length.
For the placket, I added 1″ to the front pieces. Leaving about 1/4″ to fold under, I interfaced the fronts with a 3/4″ wide strip of interfacing. Folding the raw edge under by 1/4″ first and then by 3/4″, topstitch on the fold, so a placket is created on both sides. Before finishing the neckline, add 4 button holes about 3″ apart making sure to leave the top 1/2″ of the placket. This ensures that the first button is as close to the top as possible. And that’s it, finish the sleeves and neckline as per the instructions in the pattern. For the center front of the neckline, after you understitch the binding, tuck the raw edges in before turning the binding under and follow the instructions to stitch down the binding. Easy peasy right?
The fabric is the smallest bit of Robert Kaufman Brussels washer linen left over from my Emerson Crop Pants purchased from Confident stitch and I love everything about it from the color to how soft it is. And I think the wood buttons are from Joann’s. I made another rayon tank before this linen one but happened to stain it very visibly with fray check. I panicked and cleaned and threw it in the washer/dryer before reading online that I should’ve used nail polish remover in the first place to get it out 😦
I don’t have a whole lot to say about these Eddystone Jeans other than they’re really really good. They’re drafted really well, I love the zipper and pocket instruction of these jeans. I’ve made a few jeans in the past and I do prefer when the overlap at the fly is wider/bigger so the zipper is further in and so doesn’t show when worn.
Itch to Stitch patterns are drafted for a pear shape which I am so I know they’re going to fit me well with the least bit of modifications. That is a very good thing when you’re not in the mood to make a muslin. I did not make a muslin and I do not regret it in this case. These are high waisted, girlfriend fit jeans made in 10 oz light indigo Denim from D & H fabrics. These are my first pair of girlfriend jeans and I love this style.
I measured a size 2, but my denim has about 10% stretch so I made a size 0. Some standard fit alterations I made before cutting into my fabric was removing length at the mid-thigh line by 2″ and at the calf line by 1.5″. I think I could stand to remove another 1″ but that’s what happens when you don’t make a test fit garment 🙂
I moved the back pockets up by 1/2″ and that is all the adjustments I had to make to arrive at this fit and I’m really pleased with it.
Next time, I might taper the jeans further at the calves. It’s probably an easy fix on this pair as well but I’ll wear them a bit before I decide to go back and change them. These jeans are actually a nice faded shade of blue but for some reason they’re showing up as grey aren’t they? Anyway, that’s my outfit of the day and I feel like I need a dozen more Linen Greer tanks for the summer and maybe some nice shorts?
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