Disclaimer: I was a tester for this pattern and received it for free, but all my opinions are my own.
The Springfield top is a woven sleeveless top with a few different options for shape and colourblocking. In view A, there is a band that runs along the hem of the top and in view B there is a shaped back with princess seams. Both views have scoop necklines, bust darts, side slits, and back yokes.
The size range is the same for all Cashmerette patterns: 40″ bust/42″ hip to 58″ bust/58″ hip with cup sizes from C to H.
I made a size 24 G/H graded out to a 26 at the hip since I like more ease in my hip.
My measurements are: 52″ bust, 46″ waist, 56″ hip and I am a 44HH for bra size.
Construction on the top is very easy. There are few seams and the neckline and armhole are finished with bias tape. The instructions are easy to follow with great illustrations. Cashmerette also will be doing a sewalong for the top and has done a sewalong for all her previous patterns making it easy for beginners to follow along.
I love the fit of the top. It’s exactly what I was looking for to fill a gap in my wardrobe. I think the neckline is great and not too wide. I’m normally a person who narrows the neckline and shoulders on everything, but have no issues with this one.
The pattern’s construction also makes for a great “pretty on the inside” project. You can try out french seams in many of the versions or go with serged seams like I did. With the bias tape, it looks absolutely lovely on the inside.
The fabric I chose is a lovely rayon leopard print I got at a local thrift store. What a find! It’s super soft and drapes really nicely. I actually only had just under a yard and a half of the fabric and was able to fit the top onto it with no issue. My fabric was 60″ wide. I used commercial bias tape. The self-fabric bias tape adds to the fabric requirements as well as an directional prints or print matching you are planning to do. For a basic fabric with no pattern matching or directional restrictions, you can probably get the top to fit into a smaller amount of fabric.
I chose to make view B with the princess seams on the back (also another way to get it to fit on a smaller fabric length). The princess seams really give a nice shape to the back of the garment even though you can’t really see the seams with the busy fabric print!
There is a bit of fabric pooling at my lower back there and might call for a future swayback adjustment. In a fabric with a nice drape, though, I am not sure I would bother since I like the fit as it is.
Pattern Rating (1-5):
- Size range: 5
- Instructions: 5
- Construction process: 5
- Final fit: 5
- Overall rating: 5
There’s no doubt I love the pattern. It was exactly what I was waiting for in a woven tank top, but in my actual size range with cup choices! What could be better? I’m definitely making this again and again and again. With fabric requirements so low for this (1.5 – 2.3 yards), especially if you use commercial bias tape or rayon seam binding, you can use those expensive fabrics you are hoarding in your stash or go out and splurge on a couple of nice silks for a really lush top. Pair it with a pencil skirt or some linen culottes and you have a lovely wedding outfit right there!