Say hello to my sister, Anne!
When Jenny from Cashmerette put out the call to test a woven tank, I knew it wasn’t destined to be for me. I just can’t stand the feeling of a woven shirt pulling tight when my arms move forwards! It gives me a headache and makes me feel stressed. However, I thought it might be perfect for my sister. She works in an office environment and is a prolific knitter, so she always needs basic tops to wear under fabulous sweaters!
For my tester version, I used a soft blue and white rayon challis. It’s a wearable fit, but the front angles up. The second top is a polyester crepe that I bought in high school – deep stash busting here! I went up a cup size, and you can see it’s hanging much better. Yes, that is partially the fabric, but the challis would have hung straighter with more bust room.
There were a bunch of little tweaks made to the pattern before it was released (raised neckline and armscye, lengthened body, darts shortened) but I have to say, Anne and I were both really happy with the fit already! I can’t think of any other woven pattern that I could sew up with not one single adjustment and have it fit this nicely. Bra straps covered, no gaping or pulling, and a lovely scoop neckline that is still high enough to cover the insulin pump Anne wears at centre bust.
If you’ve been sewing for a few years, then the obvious comparison to this pattern is Colette’s free Sorbetto. It was the first piece of clothing I sewed with a pattern since my teens, and I really credit it with getting me over my fears into into sewing in 2011! Wanna see that first top? Here it is!
I sewed it in silk noile (!!) with store bought bias binding – but check out those self-covered Echino buttons! I wore it twice, and this picture is one of those times. It was always too short, too boxy, and too wide at the shoulders for me to feel fabulous in it. I think Jenny’s Springfield pattern is simultaneously more modern and more classic. I think it would look right on women of all ages, and be the perfect first project for curvy women wanting to get into sewing!
One things I’ll suggest – if you piece the bias binding/facings, you can get away with far less fabric than it calls for! I think it’s a great pattern for using up odd little ends of fabric, or for splashing out on something really nice.
Now that Anne has proved her sewing skills by taking my tee-shirt class and making an amazing tee (also Cashmerette – we’re converts!) I’m wondering if our family trip to the cottage just might include sewing a few more Springfields. I wonder what other suitable fabrics I can dig up from the stash?