Monday, July 25, 2016

Testing, testing: Springfield Top

This is my tester version of the latest wardrobe workhorse pattern from Jenny at Cashmerette: the Springfield Top!


A simple tank top/shell, the Springfield Top is the curvy girl's version of the Grainline Willow or Colette Sorbetto, with Cashmerette's signature C-H cup size options.


But just because the Springfield top is a staple doesn't mean it's without options. As Jenny describes it:
"View A has an optional deep hem band, and a loose skimming back, and View B has back princess seams with a built-in swayback, which creates a lovely fitted result. Both tops have bust darts, no-gape armholes, side seam slits, and a yoke which you can use as a fun contrast! The neckline and armholes are finished with bias binding which you can make yourself with the pattern pieces provided, or you can use store-bought binding."


For my tester version (and, yep, this is the tester version and some minor fitting changes were made to the pattern between testing and final), I opted for View A, the looser version, but without the hem band.


I used some Anna Maria Horner quilting cotton that's been in my stash for-e-ver. This was maybe not the ideal choice for View A, as it's a little stiff. View A needs a fabric with more drape, I think, but I think View B would be do-able in a quilting cotton if you've got one you're dying to use.



I'm pretty delighted with the gap-free armscyes and neck, not gonna lie. 



I can't wait to make the Springfield top in some solid colors to wear under blazers and with sweaters. I've got some white swiss dot lined up for that.


I'll also try View A again in a flowier fabric. Maybe rayon challis or silk in a brightly colored print? Jenny's striped silk version made me swoon a little bit.


Yes, there are definitely more Springfield Tops in my future. Jenny's done it again with a great basic for the curvy ladies!

11 comments:

  1. Your top looks great. I love the princess back. I've had good luck with similar patterns so I don't know if I really need another pattern.

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    1. Thanks, Ginger! Makes sense if you already have a TNT tank pattern. I know there are a lot of curvy ladies out there who haven't had such luck, though, so this pattern will be great for them!

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  2. So cute! The Springfield looks awesome on you!

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    1. Thanks, Tanya! I can't wait to make more!

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  3. It looks great - the quilting cotton kind of gives it a structured yet trapeze-y shape that I am digging. I also like the wide neckline and more slender straps - I've made some tanks recently that had higher/narrower necklines and thicker straps and they just looked kind of frumpy.

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    1. Thanks Masha! I agree- the neckline and staps are great; I really like the fit there. Definitely makes me want to sew up some more!

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  4. The fit looks perfect on you! A simple top needs to have a spot-on fit to make you look gorgeous -- and you got it!

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    1. Thanks, Annie! Cashmerette makes the fitting easy, I have to say!

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  5. The nice high armhole is perfect! I swear low armholes are the pox of tank patterns and rtw tanks too. This is a cute combo with the jeans too!

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  6. The nice high armhole is perfect! I swear low armholes are the pox of tank patterns and rtw tanks too. This is a cute combo with the jeans too!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Yes, the armhole is great! No threat of bra peeking out, lots of coverage!

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