Springfield Tank Top {Garment Sewing Challenge}

 

For my 2017 sewing challenge, I am exploring garment sewing. After January’s Linden sweatshirt, I decided I wanted to build upon my skills in a more solid way. I didn’t want to sew up patterns, potentially struggle with fit and then be done. I wanted to fully dive into the subject. (Anyone else like this!?!) Starting in the middle of February, I found a garment sewing instructor through the American Sewing Guild and began taking personal lessons. From my very first lesson, I have greatly expanded my skill set and have a better garment sewing foundation. With my studies and the adventure of Quilt Con, I missed February’s garment but I will make it 12 garments this year.

For March, I’m so excited to share my Springfield Tank Top. This Cashmerette pattern is designed for plus sized women and comes with full bust adjustments built into the pattern. I made a muslin last year out of double gauze but without my new garment sewing knowledge. While it fits, I knew it needed a few tweaks.  After changing to a larger bust size and reducing the shoulders slightly, this new version is my favorite tank top yet!

I posted a picture of me sewing on the sleeve binding and someone noted I have been hoarding this fabric for a long time. The answer is absolutely yes. I wanted to use my “precious” alternate garment substrates once I had better garment making skills. It still pains me a bit to cut into the fabrics because my body shape is also changing. However, I’m doing it! We can always buy more fabric and I want to love what I am wearing right now. Every time I wear this gorgeous buttery yellow (long out of print Little Folks voile from Anna Maria Horner), I smile and think of the beauty of hand made, the ingenuity of great fabric design and knowing that something fits my body.

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  1. Nothing like a scrumptious voile for an elegant top. And you’ve made a gorgeous one that fits you perfectly! I didn’t even know that personal sewing lessons were a thing–but they certainly look like they’re worth it –and might save me from pulling my hair out when trying to get a good pattern fit 🙂

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      Thank you, Karen! I didn’t really know they were a thing either but after taking a really large sewing class where I struggled, I knew I needed the more personal touch. 🙂

  2. I’m so happy I found you! I’ve been a fan of your podcast for a few months now and every time I listen to you I would try and remember to find your blog (I usually listen to you while doing my little exercise routine or sewing – not near my cpu nor willing to interrupt my activity – of course I would then forget until next time…) Now I see you are a talented sewer as well. I think I’ve listened to all your podcasts but I was excited to read on fb that your latest interviewee is Deepika from PatternReview. I’m really looking forward to listening to that one 🙂 I’m a fan of hers too 🙂

    I love your Springfield in that lovely yellow cotton which is the thing that got me finally to your blog. I am just on my first Springfield now and I too love this pattern – actually I’m a huge Cashmerette fan period. I just posted on her fb page the other day that the more I work with Cashmerette the more I wonder why I bother with anyone else’s patterns. I would recommend if you like it this much you consider taking Jenny’s course on 1 top 10 ways. It’s brilliant. This is the second course I’ve taken with her (the first was her Harrison shirt course which is also wonderful). I know you would think Jenny must be paying me but honestly not so! I am not in any way affiliated with Cashmerette other than being a rather unabashed fan 🙂 I think you should interview her on your next podcast! She’s great in interviews as well 🙂

    Anyway I’m glad I found you. Thank you for putting all the work you do into your podcast and blogs.

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