It’s been a bit since I’ve posted! My husband and I completely ripped apart the third floor of our house and transferred my sewing space from the tiniest room in the house to an 11X14 (former) guest bedroom (sorry future houseguests!). We built a new table, moved furniture, reorganized and inventoried all my fabrics…it was a ton of work! And we’re still not done–hence my several week hiatus from the blog.
But in the midst of all this moving I did have time to put together this awesome top, the Cashmerette Dartmouth top. After clicking on the link you might be thinking to yourself, well that lady looks familiar… I also happen to be the model for this pattern! This was my first time modeling outside of my own blog and it was a surprisingly comfortable experience, although after a while my face hurt from smiling so hard. Jenny and her team made me feel right at home.
For this version of the Dartmouth, I selected View B (no elastic ruching) and cut a size 18 bust and waist and a 20 hip. Originally I didn’t think the fabric was stretchy enough so I sized up. Next time I will do a 16 bust and waist and an 18/20 hip. I also added about 1.5″ in length which was just enough. The pattern calls for hemming the sleeves but I opted to add a cuff because I really didn’t want to lose any length on the short sleeve. I love the way the neckband turned out. The stripes work perfectly with this design!
For fabric I used a black and white stripe rayon blend ponte knit from Mood. I realize the price is high but I have had several bad experiences with low-quality Ponte. If you’re going to make an investment piece like a black and white top, than I think it’s worth investing in the fabric. The fabric is super soft, holds its shape well and has just the right amount of stretch for this style of top. I also like that because I chose a Ponte over a more drapey knit fabric, it gives the top a bit more structure. If you’re going to use Ponte knit for this project I highly recommend buying Ponte knit fabric with rayon and with a good amount of stretch. I’ve found that Ponte knits that contain a lot of polyester do not hold up well and tend to get pill-y.
This was my first time trying to pattern match stripes. I gave it my best and they are soooo close to matching–but anything is better than RTW. 🙂
I’ve had a black and white top on my short list of makes for the longest time. A black and white stripe top is a great wardrobe staple that can be styled so many ways, dressed up and down. I styled this look with jeans from Target, altered to skinny fit; BaubleBar earrings in multi ; and Earth Caper Wedges in Black* (which are ridiculously comfortable and still stylish!).
I highly recommend giving this pattern a try! It’s stylish, comfortable, and curve-hugging, all positives in my book.
Happy sewing and styling!
PS: My husband, Alex, is my photographer and together we have a blast doing our photoshoots. We saw this buttercup patch and knew we had to make art! It’s pretty sweet getting to create awesome content for you all with my best friend.
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