A Review of the FREE Curved Hem Pocket Tank PDF Pattern by Ellie & Mac.
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The Curved Hem Pocket Tank is a FREE pattern by Ellie & Mac that I've had saved for a while - its now getting hot here in Cyprus so the perfect weather for a tank. Sometimes, though, you put off making something because it seems a bit boring and that's how I've felt about this tank - plus, why would you bother to make something that can be picked up in a mass retail shop for a £1?
However, we are on lockdown here and the shops are shut so I thought I would tackle this tank at last. As with my previous make by Ellie & Mac I chose my size by upper bust rather than full because that gives me a better fit with their patterns. There are only four pattern pieces to print out (omitting the pocket) so its a nice quick pattern to print and glue together.
The Curved Hem Pocket Tank is described as:
perfect for everyday wear as a basic or layered under a cosy cardigan or jacket! You are going to love how quick and easy this pattern is!
Recommended fabric is 50%, 4-way stretch knit with good recovery. I have a lot of this black t-shirt jersey which is flimsy but nice and light to wear. I decided to omit the pocket (its a pointless feature in my opinion).
The Curved Hem Pocket Tank has been drafted with a nice curved hem and the back piece is in two pieces with a centre seam to give a nice curve to the back. The shaping drapes gently from the shoulders so there is no clinging to the midriff.
The Curved Hem Pocket Tank has such a curved shape that you have to hem the bottom pieces before sewing the side seams. I simply serged the hem, pressed up and sewed with a zigzag stitch. Even though the hem doesn't require a stretch stitch I often use the zigzag stitch instead of straight stitch because it helps this type of stretchy fabric go through the feed dogs on my machine without creating waves or snags. Only having one fold on the hem means it is less bulky too. After sewing the side seams on my serger I threaded the tails back up into the seams.
I was really dreading the neck and arm bindings as I knew this was where it could all go wrong! I don't usually put bindings on in the way instructed for The Curved Hem Pocket Tank but felt that I should challenge myself to learning a new method. With this method you don't attach a folded length of binding but a single layer instead. The binding is sewn right sides together to the opening, folded to the inside at a determined height and then topstitched. If there is any remaining fabric overlapping on the inside it is trimmed away.
I chose to make narrow binding because I could just fold it over the serged edge without having to do any measuring. I then topstitched with a double stretch needle giving a very satisfying neat finish. After a good steam the neck and armhole bindings lay nice and flat and I think this gives a much nicer finish for this type of top than if I had used double folded binding.
EDIT: See my second Curved Hem Tank Here.
Final Thoughts: I think I will get lots of wear out of The Curved Hem Pocket Tank. Its a great staple pattern to have in my collection and wow its FREE!