Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Ashton Top // Helen's Closet // View B

Pattern
Ashton Top by Helen's Closet. View B (cropped), with facings.


Size
Size 16, D-Cup. My upper bust and bust fit into this side perfectly. My waist and hips did not. I didn't grade out, but I probably should have.

Fabric
Lightweight 55% hemp, 45% organic cotton denim from Blackbird Fabrics in the summer of 2018. I cut this out of my leftovers from the Donovan Skirt (2 meters total got me both garments!).


Modifications
3/8" seam allowance on side seams instead of 5/8".  I basted these seams at 5/8" and it was a little snug at the waist. I didn't grade the seam out because I didn't want to worry about getting it the same at each side. I think I should have more seriously considered grading out to the next size up at the hips/waist when I cut the fabric. The only reason I didn't was because it was recommended not to in the pattern.


In future versions, I'll probably just stick with the smaller seam allowance at the side seams instead of adding more width to the pattern pieces.

While the top is totally wearable with high waisted garments like the Lander Shorts/Pants and the Donovan Skirt, I would like to be able to wear future Ashton Tops with slightly more mid-rise garments, so I will very likely add 1 inch to the length of the top in future versions. It will still be cropped, but provide just a little more coverage.


I am really happy with the fit of this top. The shoulders fit great, the bust fits great, the darts are in the right spot. It is exactly what I wanted in a sleeveless summer top.


I had been fighting with the Springfield top by Cashmerette for the past couple of summers, and could never get the fit just how I wanted it. It always seemed wide in the shoulders, even when the fit was good. I think it was just never the shape I had envisioned, which makes me extra happy to have found the Ashton.

I also really love this fabric and could see myself with an entire wardrobe made out of it.

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