After making my first Appleton top I quickly realised that it had been cut too short, and needed added length. That time I had to add the length after the top had been fully constructed – this time I was able to add the length before sewing it together. Good thing that I’d kept those scraps!
The seam where I’ve added length is fairly obvious, but I think that in this busy colourful print it doesn’t matter all that much. I really like the fabric. It’s a viscose/spandex print from Darn Cheap Fabrics, and I wish that I’d bought more of it. All my colours in one spot!
Once again I chose to sew the long sleeved, cuffed version and used the long shaped ties. I don’t wrap those ties right around under my bust – that would provide even more gut emphasis and I don’t really want to do that. At the back the tie sits pretty much on my bra line. I do wonder if I have lengthened this top a tiny bit too much, and have considered chopping off an inch or two.
As usual, construction was primarily on the overlocker, with the machine used mainly for twin needling to secure the hem and the neckband. It really doesn’t take long to make – especially the fourth time around! I sewed the 12C/D size, which is the smallest. I have been considering whether I should go up to the 14 if I sew this pattern again. I’m still eyeing off some of the other patterns that Cashmerette has launched, particularly the Concord tee and the Springfield top. The other dresses aren’t my style.
It’s worn here with a Style Arc Mason jacket and Style Arc Barb pants. I feel better in the top when the jacket is worn over it. Interestingly, it’s not the cleavage that concerns me – it’s the belly emphasis. One of the reasons that I often gravitate to a sack dress!