Friday, June 20, 2014

Pattern Review: Simply Summer Racerback Tank by Gracious Threads

**I was given this pattern for free in exchange for testing; however, the post is my own idea and all thoughts and opinions are my own. I will never leave a glowing review of a product I am not happy with.**


I'm fairly new to sewing with knits - as in, I didn't touch them until just a few months ago. But as I was assured by several, the more I work with them, the more I love them! I don't know why they ever scared me. So when the testing call came up for Gracious Threads' Simply Summer Racerback, I jumped on it.


As I've mentioned before, my three year old has an alarmingly tiny summer wardrobe. Suddenly she's growing and shooting up out of her clothes, and I can't sew fast enough. Unless she lives in these tank tops, and she just might!

She's just sad that I haven't made more yet ;)
The Simply Summer is an amazingly quick sew - cutting to hemming, one takes me half an hour or less. Given the added speed of batch sewing, I could make Natalie a week's worth of tanks in half a night of sewing (for me.) And she'd be perfectly happy with that - she loves these racerbacks!


There are seven sizes (2-8) and two binding options (regular knit binding or ribbing), though I'm sure fold-over elastic could be used as well (you may need just a bit more). I used ribbing for both of mine, and attached it in the round. The pattern shows the knit binding attached flat, sewing side seams second, and the ribbing is shown attached in the round. (Obviously those can be changed up too. ;) ) I prefer to attach in the round, as I feel it leaves a cleaner finish.


This pattern can be done without a serger easily, though I will say - my serger makes it 1000x easier, and that's saying something since it's so easy to start with. Really an effortless pattern, perfect for beginners to sewing and/or knits!

The tutorial includes many clear photos of the steps so there is no room for confusion. And Jessica is always available in her Facebook group for questions should any arise!

Comfortable enough for nap time!
Also, Jessica has generously provided a copy of the Simply Summer Racerback Tank for one lucky reader to win! Just enter the giveaway below with a few easy steps, and cross your fingers! If you don't want to wait, go here or here and purchase your copy - it's the perfect summer shirt!

26 comments:

  1. Wow what a cute pattern (and model)! This racer back is my favorite!

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  2. lol...I'd have to say the racerback as well! ps...I love the embroidery AND your tag!

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  3. Love the skylark. This is cute too though

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    1. Isn't the Skylark pretty?? I think that one might be next on my list...

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  4. I like the seashore dress! So cute!

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  5. I like the the racerback tank, but the skylark is growing on me :)

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    1. So much opportunity for personalization with the Skylark, I love that one too!

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  6. I'd have to say I love this tank!

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    1. Me too ;) So fast and easy, what's not to love?

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  7. I love this tank, you did a beautiful job!

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  8. Nicely done! I have yet to venture into knit territory, but I think you might have convinced me. :)

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    1. Oh, go for it!!! They really aren't even scary, I don't know why everyone acts like they are! Just get something nice and stable right off :) Old t-shirts are great.

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    1. Thank you Amy! :) The black paisley one is cut down from a shirt my mom gave me, Natalie loves her "gramma shirt". Lol

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  10. Starfish shorts are darling! Your tanks came out fab!

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    1. They are, I love those pockets! And thank you! :)

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  11. Very cute! Love the vertical stripes and the pop of color ribbing.

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  12. I love the raceback tank and seashore dress....

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