July 25, 2016

Introducing the Springfield Top


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).

Cashmerette Springfield Top

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.

Cashmerette Springfield Top

Cashmerette Springfield Top

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).

Cashmerette Springfield Top

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.

Cashmerette Springfield Top

Cashmerette Springfield Top

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.

Cashmerette Springfield Top

Cashmerette Springfield Top

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.

Left to right we have a gorgeous drapey crepe blue and orange floral, a grey and pink rose rayon challis, and a navy and green rayon challis kit.

Cashmerette Springfield Top

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!

Cashmerette Springfield Top, in sizes 12 - 28 and cups C - H

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22 thoughts on “Introducing the Springfield Top

  1. Congrats on the new pattern, Jenny – she’s beautiful! I have several woven tank patterns that I’ve futzed with over the years, never getting them quite right because grading up, bust adjustments, etc. A woven tank has to be one of the most challenging armscyes to perfect… it’s been a while since I’ve tried, actually! Can’t wait to make up the Springfield.

    1. Thanks Susan! And yes, it’s surprisingly hard… I’m so glad I don’t have to flash my bra to the world all summer now 🙂

  2. Cherie says:

    Jenny, cute top! But, the bust darts are too high, in both the ones you are modeling and the pink one in the first pic. Sorry to be negative, but being large busted, that is one of the first things I see.

    1. Jenny says:

      I can assure you I wear a well supporting bra and the bust darts are pointed straight to my nipples 🙂

    2. Mary in AZ says:

      Sorry, I don’t see the issue here. The darts look in the right place to me!

  3. Meg says:

    Woop! Congrats on another great pattern! A wardrobe staple…

  4. Debbie says:

    Looking forward to trying this one (bought last night!). This is my first Cashmerette pattern.

    I’m a bit confused about the sizing though. I’ve not got much of a waist – 52″-47″-51″, and am a HH cup.

    I think that per the instructions to use full bust measurement to choose bust size, and if I could fit into two sizes, then to choose that closest to my waist, I should be cutting a 24 based on bust of 52″ (I’m happy that there’ll be enough ease around the waist), possibly grading down slightly to a 22 for the hips.

    However, that puts me into cup size C/D , rather than the G/H in the pattern, which feels wrong (won’t the darts be too small?). Should I be cutting a 22 G/H cup instead?

    Excited nonetheless.

  5. Diana Maxwell says:

    So excited to try this! Question on fabric choice- I’m looking to make this out of adorable Border Collie fabric that Tanya of Mrs. Hughes designed on My Fabric Designs…and I’m a bit stumped on which fabric to choose. Should I spring for the “cotton silk” or can I get away with the (much cheaper) “combed cotton”?

    1. Jenny says:

      Either would work !

  6. Sara says:

    Very excited about this pattern and wondering if you could offer a bit of advice to a full busted gal with a fuller tummy. I’m measuring at 47-42-54 (the 54 inch being a “full hip measurement” taking into consideration my tummy being fuller than my hip measurement of 50). It seems my bust could fit in a number of sizes 18 EF or GH or maybe a 20 CD. I suspect i will have to grade out for my hips regardless of which cup i choose. Just hoping to avoid having to print and assemble all three views to experiment with…

    1. Rachel says:

      I have similar measurements to you…including the hip/tummy issue. I have just made the 20CD size which fits remarkably well;it just skims the hips and tummy comfortably and is very flattering. I did have a small issue with the arm scye which I think I will raise a little next time, but that just a personal preference for even more coverage in that area!
      Hope this helps.

    2. Rachel says:

      Forgot to say….. I didn’t need to grade out at the hips, it just skims nicely. 🙂

  7. Marianne Fröding Sweden says:

    Im so glad to see rhat you have make this pattern. Im really longing for such pattern! I have made the green dress from the kit and three t-shirt fron your other pattern! I have a wish; could you make a simpel sleeve for this pattern? It should be very ureful to make thus to a nice blouse-tshirt!!
    I send you a photo of my Upton dress, but I dont know if you recived it?
    Im now waiting for a throusepattern !!//Marianne

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Please make the Springfield available as a printed pattern. My printer insists on printing out PDFs 1/8 inch per inch smaller than pattern test squares and after multiple tries we have been unable to correct it. I also hate taping together PDFs–would rather spend my limited time actually sewing. Making the printed pattern available to Canadian stockists would also be helpful–avoids Post Office and Customs hassles. Thanks.

  9. Sara says:

    Well…I’m muslin making like a fiend over here and i just can’t seem to get it right. My bust darts always seem to come out too low, I’m currently wearing the 18CD and have found that shortening the front strap moves the bust dart into place and causes the back yolk to sit flatter (I have a short torso so maybe this makes sense anyways) but that’s causing some arm scythe gaping. Anyone else having this issue? Thanks! I’m excited to get this fit just right so i can whip up an army of these shirts!

    1. Jenny says:

      Did you try moving the dart using my tutorial this week? That may give a better result.

      1. Sara says:

        I did, this seems to move the dart up so that it starts right at the arm hole which doesn’t look right to me once it’s on

        1. Sara says:

          I’ve made view B and am also getting some horizontal lines on the back the v way the fabric sits, does this mean i should go up a size?

          1. It depends whether the horizontal lines are the fabric pulling – in which case yes you need to go up a size – or if it is fabric pooling, in which case you’d need to do an additional swayback adjustment.

        2. The alternative would be just moving the apex of the dart, so the dart ends up more angled. This changes the shaping which may or may not work for you, depending on your bust shape.

Let me know what you think!