Odette Stripe Willow Tank

Odette Stripe Willow Tank

I've been wanting to sew up a simple top in our apparel-weight linen all summer, and Odette Stripe was calling my name. It's a cool and breezy lightweight linen with a light blue woven stripe. We printed it with one half of our Spring Flowers design to give it a block-printed feel.


I thought the Willow Tank by Grainline Studio would be a good option for a simple top.

Lizzie helped me alter the pattern for a better fit. We raised the arm hold on the front and back bodice and raised the bust dart by 1.5".

I gotta admit, I'm not thrilled with the look of this tank in this fabric. I think the Willow will be a great staple pattern for me, but it doesn't encapsulate the femininity I was going for in this print. Now that I actually see what this print looks like on my body, I think I'll try a wrap top next - can you envision it in this pattern from Peppermint Magazine?

(this wrap top is a free pattern! Check it out here!)

And speaking of seeing myself in this top - this is a really hard blog post for me. Body positivity is a constant challenge for me. I feel like the vision I have of myself in my head is of a wispy, flowy fairy lady, but the photos don't look like that. :) 

I have to remind myself of all the wonderful things my body does for me. Like lifting heavy things, screen-printing yards of fabric, planting and working in my yard. I don't have the best body image but I'm working on it. Laughing with Simon as we're taking these photos helps a lot too, and I plan on continuing to post my #memades on the blog and look at my body more.  I want to share something made with our fabrics and have an archive of it too, so here it is.

I'm so glad times are changing and there's a lot more talk out there about accepting our bodies - not to mention resources for those of us who need to practice more self-compassion!

This illustration by Diana Sudyka, pretty much sums it up for me:


Comments (3)

  • Cande on Sep 25, 2019

    You are beautiful because you are happy!!

  • Sue Lawrence on Sep 07, 2019

    Sara, I love this top. I think the same pattern would be great cut longer as an A-line dress with pockets, and cool for summer days. You’re probably aware of NOW’s Love Your Body campaign that’s been going on for several years, https://now.org/now-foundation/love-your-body/

  • Linda C Greiss on Sep 07, 2019

    Sara, I think your top is lovely! It would look beautiful with a skirt. I also struggle with my body image. It is an on going challenge. Can you email me a direct link to Diana’s drawing? Thanks!

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