Gemma Tank – Made by Rae | Pattern Review

Gemma tank pattern review by The Fair Stitch.Hi everyone… I guess it is rather obvious that I’d lost my sewjo for a while, sorry for the lack of content the past couple of months. To be honest, I wasn’t even trying to get my sewjo back, I knew I needed the break. I think it’s good (for me) to walk away for a bit from the regular stuff and do something different instead. Anyways, what I’m trying to say is… I’m happy to be back 😀 Thank you for your patience and understanding while I was away.

So, enough with all the chit chat, let’s get down to business, shall we?

The Pattern.

Gemma tank pattern review by The Fair Stitch.The Gemma tank is a simple woven pullover tank top. It comes in sizes XXS to XL and plus sizes 1 to 3, from full bust 32.5″ to 51″. The armholes and neckline are finished with bias binding, and there are only two pattern pieces to cut. It is a very quick project, I reckon you could whip this out in maybe a couple of hours or less, providing you already have bias binding on hand. I decided to make my own binding from the same fabric, so it took me a tad longer to finish this project.

The pattern, as far as I know, is only available in PDF, but there aren’t that many pages to print and assemble, so it’s not so bad (to me). What I really love about this pattern, other than the simplicity of it, is that it comes in cups A/B and C/D, so no need to worry about SBA or FBA.

The instructions are very clear, complete with diagram to boot. Though I must admit I didn’t follow the instructions to the T, I went with my own way to finish the armholes and neckline.

The Fabric.

Gemma tank pattern review by The Fair Stitch.This fabric looks familiar, doesn’t it? Yeah, it’s the same one I used to make my Kalle shirt toile a while ago. I bought 4m of this fabric, so it’s quite possible that this fabric will make another appearance here soon. This is a rather crisp cotton lawn, it has more structure than the soft and slightly drapier Liberty tana lawn.

Gemma tank pattern review by The Fair Stitch.The Gemma pattern doesn’t require too much fabric, for my size, I used less than a metre of fabric. I love 1m projects as they allow me to play with more luxurious fabrics without breaking the bank… (ahem Atelier Brunette, anyone?)

The sewing process.

Gemma tank pattern review by The Fair Stitch.I made mine in size M in A/B cup (I’m B37-W31-H39) and I didn’t find any issue with the fit, although I would like to shorten the length a bit for my next version. As I mentioned above, I went with my own way to bind the neckline and armholes, and I finished the side seams with French seam. The hem is quite narrow, only 1/2″ allowance but it does make for a nice clean curve. After I tried this version on, I think if I were to shorten it by about 4″ it would be perfect. The hem would fall just below my belly button.

I didn’t find any problem at all with the instructions and the sewing process, all in all it was a fun and quick project. I really enjoyed it.

Final thoughts.

I know what you’re thinking, “Faye, Winter is just around the corner, whatcha doing with Summery garments?” Well, aside from the fact that I just cannot let Summer go (LOL), I think this tank can be a perfect layering piece. Throw on a cardi (Blackwood cardigan? Oooh I like that!) or wear over long sleeved tee. Obviously, my fabric still screams Spring/Summer, but I’m not going to lose sleep over that 😉

Gemma tank pattern review by The Fair Stitch.

Honestly,  I love love love this pattern. This simple tank is sweet enough on its own, but can be easily hacked into a dress I think, or maybe a cropped top? Button back? If you’re not into the bias binding finish, it’s easy enough to make all-in-one facing or even full lining. Maybe even make it reversible? Oh my, the ideas just keep on coming! And if you’re trying to get your sewjo back, like I was, this simple quick and fun pattern may just be the perfect first step.

So, would I recommend this pattern? Hell yeah!! I think everyone needs a reliable top pattern that doesn’t require much fabric and time to make in their pattern collection. I’m happy to have this pattern in mine, it’s definitely a keeper.

Gemma tank pattern review by The Fair Stitch.That’s all from me today. I hope you enjoyed this post. Again, I just want to stay thank you for sticking around. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and week ahead. See you again soon.

Happy stitching,



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