Sew + Tell | Birgitte of Indigorchid

I’m excited to finally debut the new Sew + Tell feature I’ve been planning for a while. There are so many amazing variations of the Grainline Studio patterns that I thought it was high time to start showing them off here!  First up is my friend Brigitte of Indigorchid. A little back story on us, we met at Columbia College when I was her flat patternmaking TA.  Birgitte is crazy talented and I always love the fabrics she chooses as well as her styling. Without further ado here’s Birgitte!

Name  Birgitte

Pattern Tiny Pocket Tank

Birgitte’s Blog  Indigorchid

Her Project Post Tiny Pocket Tanks

What type of fabric / materials did you use?  “For the first tank, I used an african print cotton voile, with extra gold printed on it. That was getting to be a little too much for me, so I used the backside of the fabric to tone it down a little. The gold still shows through a little, but I can handle the small amount!

The second tank is made from some mystery knit, which is behaving a bit like linen. I actually used the wrong side of this fabric as well – I thought the purl side was less shiny and more versatile. I decided the pattern would work up really well in a knit too, and it does!”

Tell us more about your project!  “I made the printed version first, and it was one of those days I just absolutely needed to finish a project (instead of just starting them!). In my haste I cut into the 1 metre of fabric in a stupid way, so I ended up having to seam the back piece. It worked out alright – both the front and the back have a symmetrical pattern, just different from eachother! I used flat felled seams everywhere, and instead of making matching binding – which there wasn’t enough fabric for anyways – I used some contrasting homemade bias binding I had on hand instead. It was mostly out of laziness, but I love that the neckline has a pop of green on the inside!

The linen knit top needed to be finished a little differently, so I overlocked a strip of the knit fabric to the neckline and armholes, then folded and stitched with a twin needle, which gives more of a binding look.

These two tanks have been such workhorses in my wardrobe since I’ve made them, and it pleases me to no end to have selfmade things getting this much genuine use! Next up for me is one in silk, for a dressier version of the tank. I also love how it doesn’t use a lot of fabric, so you can squeeze out a garment from small pieces! Yes, there is no hiding it, I’m a total fan! ”


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20 Responses to Sew + Tell | Birgitte of Indigorchid

  1. maddie says:

    Brigette looks great! She definitely seems like she knows her fabrics – using the wrong side as the right side for both projects!

  2. gingermakes says:

    These are both gorgeous! Love ’em!

  3. I bought your pattern recently and am looking forward to making this top , brigettes are lovely

  4. indigorchid says:

    Ooo, this is so exciting! Thanks for letting me be a part of this Jen, and thanks for the comments guys!

    P.S. Jen was an awesome, crazy-talented T.A., and I was in total awe of her skills even back then (and of course, still).

  5. patchme says:

    I’m a small busted hollow chested pear shape, and I love the fit of the scout t! So even though I don’t look good in tanks, I love them as a layering pieces and had to buy this pattern quick smart today 😀

  6. Beautiful fabric choices on those tanks. Wish I looked that good in tanks. 🙂

  7. Sunae says:

    LOVE these! Might have to give your pattern a whirl myself 🙂 You can never have too many tanks!

  8. Kate says:

    I have made 6

  9. What a nice feature. I look forward to seeing what other people have made.

  10. Jacinta says:

    I love this feature! And Birgitte’s tops are so good… amazing how one pattern can look so different.

  11. Karen says:

    Thanks for the new feature, love seeing what others are making from your fab patterns.

  12. ZoSews says:

    Both winners! That print is fantastic!

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