Willow Variation 01: Cropped Tank

Cropped Willow Tank |Grainline Studio

Today I’m going to talk about turning the Willow Tank into a cropped top! Typically when lengthening or shortening a pattern piece you’ll want to use the lines marked on the pattern. When shortening the Willow into a crop however, we recommend shortening from the bottom. This keeps the top from becoming too wide at the new hem, keeping the proportions in tact. In the instructions below we’ll be marking and re-shaping a new hem.

Cropped Willow Tank |Grainline Studio

To begin grab pattern pieces 1 and 2. Find and cut your size, make note of the original stitching and fold lines.

Cropped Willow Tank |Grainline Studio

Measure up from the fold line the amount that you’d like to shorten your top. For the version in this tutorial I started with a size 6 and shortened the top 3″. Draw the new fold line across the front and back of the pattern pieces.

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Measure down 2.5″ from the new fold line to create the new cut line, aka the bottom edge of the pattern piece. The 2.5″ includes a 2″ hem and a .5″ seam allowance.

Cropped Willow Tank |Grainline Studio

Cut across the new cut line and discard the extra paper.

Cropped Willow Tank |Grainline Studio

Fold along the new fold line and trim the excess where the folded section overhangs the upper pattern piece. This will ensure your hem will lay flat without buckling.

Cropped Willow Tank |Grainline Studio

These are now your new pattern pieces. All of the instructions for the tank are the same after this alteration, so just follow along with your instruction booklet.

Cropped Willow Tank |Grainline Studio

Hope you enjoyed this cropped Willow variation! We’ve got a few more variations coming over the rest of the summer so stay tuned!

4 replies on “Willow Variation 01: Cropped Tank

  • Joan Holt

    I love this too. I’d love to see a willow variation that would work for winter that you could wear long sleeved tees under. I imagine it would need bigger armscye depth. Would you you consider doing one? I’d love it as a tunic dress and a tank for winter. I notice you say for light fabrics; would it work for winter weight fabrics if this adjustment were made?

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