Springfield Top Pattern Review
- Pattern designer: Cashmerette
- Top Type: woven tank top
- Skill level: Beginner
- Size range: 12 to 28, in three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H)
- Fabrics: Light to midweight woven fabric such as cotton lawn, linen, chambray, rayon, crepe or silk.
- Notions: Bias tape
- Time frame: A quick sew
Time Frame: My Thoughts
This was a super quick sew. I made my first top in one afternoon and it took less fabric than I thought. Even with the mistakes I made, it was quick and easy. Really a perfect pattern for a beginner.
Value for money
I feel like I got my money’s worth. As a curvy girl it is hard to watch people make the cute woven tank tops that don’t go up to my size hips. So for that alone I love it. But if you include the fact that it takes less fabric than you think, and I definitely have a few pieces of fabric in my stash that will fit it becomes great!
Plus Jenny has an online workshop that can show you how to hack the pattern to get even more styles of shirt from this one pattern. I don’t like all the styles in the class but there are a few I will definately be making.
I sewed view A with no contrast bottom band. I should have taken the back yoke piece and taped it onto the back piece to have a shirt with only 2 pieces because I didn’t use any contrasting fabric.
The directions are simple and easy to follow. There is an online sew-along on the Cashmerette blog. That being said, I must disclose I still made some mistakes. I was having an off day and sewing this shirt while watching Legacies on Netflix.
I made 3 mistakes.
- I cut the back of the shirt on the fold but didn’t pay attention to the fact that my fabric had a directional print. So the whales on my back are upside down. Not super noticeable but still felt stupid when I figured it out.
- When marking the bust darts on my fabric, on one side I cut through the fabric instead of just cutting through the paper pattern. to fix this I just sewed the messed up dart with a small seam allowance and then lightly zig-zagged the cut edge to prevent fraying.
- I was a doofus and didn’t use bias tape. which makes the collar stand up perpendicular to my chest. I have some fabric leftover so I’m going to unpick the flat facing tape I used and re-do it with bias tape. But for the moment I feel dumb.
Accurate materials list
The pattern lists everything you need. At no point during sewing did I feel like she should have added anything to the list. If you gather together regular sewing supplies you’ll be set.
I used scissors, seam ripper, iron, tailors ham, and a pilot flexion pen.
Clear fabric recommendations
Fabric options include light to midweight woven fabric such as cotton lawn, linen, chambray, rayon, crepe, or silk. I used a light quilting cotton because that qualifies as a midweight fabric.
Is the Pattern Hackable?
Super hackable. As I said before Jenny has an online workshop all about hacking this pattern. (photo below of the styles learned in the course) And even without that class, you could hack this one easily. As long as you remember that all the pattern pieces have a 1/2″ seam allowance I’m sure you could slash and hack to your heart’s content.
The course covers these hacks:
- A swing knit tank
- A ruffle-hemmed top
- A princess-seamed top
- A button-back or button-front blouse
- A top with cap or tulip sleeves – the course includes an exclusive sleeve pattern piece for the Springfield
- A V-neck top with an all-in-one-facing which covers the neckline and armholes
- A cross-over back top
- A trapeze dress
- A back keyhole top with a neckline facing
- A top with a collar
5 stars. A++ will sew again.
But seriously, if you are thinking of getting into sewing a wardrobe this is a super easy pattern to start with.