June 20, 2023

Your Club Makes: 9 Sensational Selwyns

Say hello to this month’s Cashmerette Club pattern and your new favorite gape-free blouse, the Selwyn Top! A pintuck blouse designed for curves, The Selwyn Top will make you feel confident, comfortable, and stylish. Get inspired to sew your own Selwyn after perusing these sensational Selwyn Tops sewn by makers in our community!

The Selwyn is a woven blouse designed for a gape-free fit for curves and features shoulder princess seams and stylish pintucks, plus an optional over-the-shoulder ruffle that forms a small cap sleeve. Want even more sleeve options? You can mix and match the Selwyn with the Vernon Shirt’s two sleeve options and top it off with the Vernon’s chic covered button placket.

The Selwyn Top comes in sizes 0-32 and cup sizes C-H and is available exclusively to Cashmerette Club members. Not a member yet? Join today for as little as $9 USD—cancel anytime.

Let’s dive into all the wonderful ways to personalize the Selwyn!

Jen’s Selwyn Top

Boasting a beguiling combination of pattern, pintucks and ruffles, Jen’s Selwyn is a botanical-inspired summer dream. She chose a rayon in a whimsical garden print giving her blouse a polished yet playful vibe. She made a size 24 at the shoulders graded to a 28 G/H at the bust.

Her measurements are 48” high bust, 56” full bust, 48” waist, and 57” hips.

Here’s what Jen had to say about her Selwyn Top:

I was really excited to make a summer top with both ruffles AND pintucks!!! This pattern looks awesome in printed fabric like mine, but would also be stunning in a single colour; there’s so much visual interest in this top. The pintucks were easier than I imagined they would be, but the collar gave me a little trouble. Can’t wait to make another as an easy summer dress!”

Check out more of Jen’s makes on Instagram at @JenBenSews.

Amanda’s Selwyn Top

From subdued to sassy, Amanda elevated her Selwyn Top from button-up basic to a beautiful and boisterous blouse with the use of pintucks and ruffle sleeves. Not only is this a fun top for any occasion, it was an enjoyable project in which she could try her hand at pintucks. Sporting an Atelier Brunette modal, Jen sewed hers in a size 18 C/D. 

Her measurements are 43” high bust, 46” full bust, 36” waist, and 47” hips.

Amanda shared this about her Selwyn Top:

“It was fun (and easy thanks to the detailed instructions) learning how to sew pintucks. Combine those with the ruffle sleeves and what could be a regular button-up is elevated to something sassy!”

See more of what Amanda is sewing up on Instagram at @bimbleandpimble and her website at www.bimbleandpimble.com.

Michelle’s Selwyn Top

Michelle took a walk on the wild side with her Selwyn and we can’t get enough! She sewed hers in a 20 C/D and chose a Nerida Hansen print on cotton satin that gives her blouse a pop of color and pizzazz. She enjoyed the skill-building aspect of this make including the buttons, pintucks, and shoulder princess seams and she particularly appreciated how the Selwyn can be paired with pieces from other patterns.

Her measurements are 45” high bust, 48” full bust, 41” waist, and 51” hips.

Michelle had this to say about her Selwyn Top:

“This is a great skill building pattern as you get experience with buttons/buttonholes, pintucks and shoulder princess seams. The instructions are very clear and it can be paired with pieces from other patterns. A very enjoyable sew.”

Follow along with more of Michelle’s makes on Instagram at @elitaveramakes.

Gowri’s Selwyn Top

Gowri’s Selwyn is personalized to pleated perfection. She chose a lovely floral Liberty lawn fabric that can be easily dressed up or down. Paired with jeans, slacks, or a skirt, this top will take any outfit next-level. 

She sewed hers in a size 6 C/D.  Her measurements are 34” high bust, 36” full bust, 30” waist, and 32” hips.

Gowri shared this about her Selwyn Top:

“It was a very lovely sew. I took my time, enjoyed the process especially the pleats were my favourite part. it is very comfortable and I like that I can dress it down or up!”

Check out more of Gowri’s makes on Instagram at @bypaary.

Caroline W’s Selwyn Top

Caroline’s pink Selwyn is making our heart skip a beat. We particularly love the heart shaped buttons! She was equally delighted by the Selwyn’s lantern sleeves from the Vernon Shirt and the fact that it’s gape-free at the bust. She chose a cheerful pink designer deadstock cotton chambray that gives it a lightweight yet polished feel. She sewed hers in a size 22 C/D graded to a size 24 in the waist and hips and she used the Vernon lantern sleeves.

Her measurements are 46” high bust, 48” full bust, 44” waist, and 55” hips.

Here’s what Caroline had to say about her Selwyn Top:

“Sewing and wearing the Selwyn was a delight! I love that I could use my favorite sleeves ever: the lantern sleeves from the Vernon Shirt. And with all Cashmerette patterns: there is absolutely no gaping with the button up, making the shirt very comfortable to wear!”

Follow along with more of Caroline’s makes on Instagram at @ecarolinewalters and her website at www.ecarolinewalters.com.

Lolie’s Selwyn Top

It’s Lolie’s luxurious lightweight viscose Selwyn! Featuring delicate florals and a ruffle sleeve, this Selwyn is both elegant and fashionable. Lolie loved that the pattern fit her right out of the envelope, and we have to say that makes us giddy with happiness too. It’s the perfect top to add interest and appeal to any outfit and she’s already planning to sew more. She made a size 14 E/F graded to a 16 at the waist and hips.

Her measurements are 38.5” high bust, 43” full bust, 36” waist, and 46” hips (44″ standing).

Lolie shared this about her Selwyn:

“Sewing and wearing the Selwyn have been really agreeable. First off, the pattern fit me right out of the “envelope” except some grading, which was really impressive as I always have to do a forward neck and shoulders adjustment as well as an FBA. Felt luxurious! After that, sewing was fairly easy and the instructions were well done, it was easy to follow and not confusing at all. I can see myself making more Selwyns in my future. I have a dress hack ready to go even!”

Lolie loved her Selwyn Top so much that she was inspired to create an A-line influenced Selwyn Dress! She made her dress in a cotton single gauze in a size 14 E/F graded to 16 at the waist and hips, lengthened by 20″ in the front and 23.5″ in the back. She explains, “I draw a curve from front to back in dresses to account for the seated position.” She then had to go in and make the hip curve less dramatic by shaving a bit off by drawing a straight diagonal line from the waist to 8.5″ from the hem, and curving it a bit for an A-line look. She also added a pintuck in the back at waist level for a fun wink to the front.

Her measurements are seated: 38.5” high bust, 42.5” full bust, 36.5” waist, and 47” hips. Standing: 34” waist, and 44” hips.

Lolie had this to share about her Selwyn Dress:

“I absolutely adore this dress, it is elegant and feels like secret pajamas.”

See more of what Lolie is sewing up on Instagram at @lolieya.

Kelsey’s Selwyn Top

From work to play and season to season, Kelsey’s Selwyn not only fits the bill across the board but looks fantastic while doing so! This Selwyn is perfectly patterned and versatile with a viscose rayon in a size 4 C/D. A work top with a bit of extra flair, the sleeve options and pintucks offer flexibility making this the perfect pattern for every season!

Her measurements are 32” high bust, 35” full bust, 27” waist, and 38” hips.

Kelsey shared this about her Selwyn:

“I’m always on the hunt for work tops and the Sewlyn absolutely fits the bill. The different sleeve options and pintucks offer loads of flexibility, so you can make this again and again for every season. The size chart was spot on and instructions were clear and easy to follow.”

See more of what Kelsey is sewing up on Instagram at @wanderingsewist.

Caroline B’s Vernon Shirt

Holy crepe! Caroline’s Vernon shirt is a beam of sunshine and a perfectly vibrant addition to any wardrobe. This sunny and sensational take on the classic button-up features a traditional collar, lantern sleeves, and a whole lot of style. She chose a lovely yellow crepe and sewed hers in a size 18 C/D graded to a 20 at the waist. Either paired casually with jeans or a skirt for a fun and bold look, this shirt can do it all.

And don’t forget, all this month Cashmerette Club members get 30% off the Vernon Shirt!

Her measurements are 32” high bust, 35” full bust, 27” waist, and 38” hips.

Caroline had this to say about her Vernon Shirt:

“The Vernon shirt was easy and challenging in certain areas. The sleeve cuff opening (specifically the bias tape area was challenging) but sure felt good once it was done and in place. The instructions were really so helpful which helped with the success of the project.”

Check out more of Caroline’s fabulous makes on Instagram at @Carolines_Handmades and on her YouTube Channel.

Jacqui’s Selwyn Top

Jacqui’s Selwyn Top is both vibrant and chic. She chose a rayon challis that gives her top a light, airy, and polished feel. With this vivacious red splatter pattern she has transformed a typical pant and blouse combo to something much more interesting and upscale. And she particularly loves how comfortable it is. A top that’s both fashion forward and comfortable? Count us in.

She sewed hers in a size 12 with a 1″ SBA. Her measurements are 37” high bust, 39” full bust, 33.5” waist, and 38” hips.

Jacqui had this to say about her Selwyn Top:

“Easy to follow instructions. I finished the sleeves with roll hem on my serger. It’s comfortable to wear, and I love where it hits on my stomach and hips.”

Check out more of Jacqui’s makes at @Mad_Sewing_Scientist.

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One thought on “Your Club Makes: 9 Sensational Selwyns

  1. Lisa T says:

    All of these tops look wonderful! Thanks for posting all the different poses (sitting, hair up etc.). It makes it easier to visualize what my finished project would look like. I especially liked the Vernon sleeves hack. I was thinking of making a shirt without a collar and now I know what that would look like. Well done everyone!

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