It’s a very special Monday, lovelies… it’s the launch of the latest Cashmerette Pattern, the Springfield Top!
I don’t know about you, but for years I’ve wanted a simple woven tank that fits my bust and waist without alterations and doesn’t gape at the armhole – and now there’s finally one designed for curves. The Springfield Top is a classic woven shell which you can make out of cotton voile, double gauze, linen, crepe or even silk, and depending on your fabric choices it can be the perfect “just throw it on” top for a summer day, or part of a chic layered outfit with a cardigan or blazer.
Not only that, but there are also three brand new kits available – and 20% off ALL Cashmerette fabric & kits using the code SPRINGFIELD20 (valid until 11.59pm EST, July 26th 2016).
The Springfield Top has two variations: 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.
This pattern is perfect for beginners wanting to try their hand at sewing without having to make tons of adjustments for curves – and for more advanced sewists, you can whip one up in under two hours!
The final look really depends on what kind of fabrics you want to use. On the pattern cover, Andrea on the left is wearing view B made with Free Spirit cotton voile (size 18 E/F), and I’m wearing view A made from Japanese gingham seersucker (size 18 G/H).
Of course, I already have a stable of Springfields to cope with this summer’s weather in Boston! Here I’m in view B, made from a lovely lightweight cotton. As you can see, the front is fitted through the shoulders and bust, and then gently flows down, skimming the tummy.
And this one’s my favourite so far! It’s View A without the optional hem band, and I used a fantastic striped Ralph Lauren silk that I picked up at Mood LA, and had some fun with stripe direction on the yoke.
As with all Cashmerette Patterns, the Springfield Top comes in sizes 12 – 28 and in cup sizes C – H, and is designed for a height of 5’6″ (there are lengthen/shorten lines on the pieces if you need to adjust for length).
The Springfield Top is available as an instant-gratification PDF download, delivered straight to your email box. There are files to print at home or at a copyshop (US size or A0), and you can just print your cup size and the variation you want to make. We may print the pattern in the future, depending on demand!
If you’re not familiar with downloading and using PDF patterns, check out this post. The most common issues crop up if you try to print directly from an internet browser (you need to save to your computer and open in Adobe Reader first) and not having the right settings when you print (the PDF instructions explain this step in detail). As always, make sure you print just one page first to make sure it’s working right. Also, sometimes files download to a hidden folder on your computer! Try searching your file manager for “2102 Springfield” and it should pop up.
Springfield Top Kits and 20% off
As if that weren’t enough excitement for one day…. kits! There are three Springfield Top kits available, all in fun fabrics that are just the right weight for the pattern, plus a copy of the PDF pattern delivered directly to your email inbox. If you use the code SPRINGFIELD20 at checkout (until 11.59pm EST, July 26th) you can get 20% off one of these kits – or any other Cashmerette fabric or kit.
I hope you like this latest Cashmerette Pattern! It’s simple but fits well – and there are tons of opportunities for hacks, which I’ll share over the upcoming weeks. I’ll also be leading a sewalong, so if you’re just starting out sewing, it’s a great chance to get in-depth step-by-step instructions with photographs, and there will be advanced techniques like using French seams. Tag your makes on social media with #SpringfieldTop and I look forward to seeing your tops!