Cashmerette Springfield Tank

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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?

 


9 thoughts on “Cashmerette Springfield Tank

  1. These both look great, but it’s amazing to see them side by side and what a difference going up a cup size makes. The second one just hangs soooo much better! Good for you for stash diving too!

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    1. Thank goodness for patterns with cup sizes! Now the idea of doing the FBA myself and trying to figure out what to do with the Big Honking Dart just seems like way too much trouble. I’m happy for patterns that fit right away!

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    1. Wait til you see some pics coming up of the two of us wearing matching shirts! I never really thought of us as looking alike, but it’s pretty clear we do!😉

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  2. I would never have thought that going up a cup size would change the way a top hangs so much. Thanks for the tip!! Great modelling work, Anne! Both tops look great.

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    1. It’s a testament to how much difference well-fitting clothing can make, eh? No wonder I felt fat when I wore RTW, and I feel great now that my clothes fit!😉

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  3. I cannot believe the difference in fit between the first and second versions! Anne looks gorgeous, as always, and this top is made for her! (Literally.) Pink really is her colour.

    On the topic of this style: I never got with the Sorbetto and never understood it’s popularity. So when I saw this new release, I can’t say it called to me. But I can see how it’s a great basic for those to whom it appeals. I’m curious to see how everyone wears it but I won’t be one of the peeps rushing out to buy it.

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    1. I think Sorbetto would be the complete opposite of your bodice block!!! Wide and boxy is not for you. I’d agree that this is a bit too basic for your style… but I do think it’s marketing genius for beginners and shops teaching beginners. Pretty much every indie company has a basic woven tank, and I think it’s because it let’s quilting shops/quilters make a wearable garment out of stiff fabric! Though obviously, this is much more elegant in something drapey, I do think lawn or quilting cotton would work.
      I don’t know if you noticed the the Curvy Sewing Collective started a closed FB group – 1000 people the first day, and every single day we get people saying “I want to sew clothes but I don’t know where to start!” A lot of them are people who used to sew when they were younger, but are intimidated fitting the body they’ve got now. I”m really blown away how big that market is!

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      1. I didn’t know (and I’m not on FaceBook) but I love your CSC – it’s a great resource! This truly is a great top to be able to call on if you’re new/returning to the craft (or to cite as a good option). And I really do love how Jenny deals with the boobs🙂

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