Thursday, October 31, 2013
FO: Camber Top by Merchant and Mills
Luckily it is Hallowe'en, because I am ghostly pale in these pictures. Possibly because it was far too cold to be outdoors in a flimsy t-shirt!
Pattern: The Camber Top by Merchant and Mills, size 8 (the smallest size)
Fabric: 1 metre of silk / cotton voile from Cousette, about £12 if memory serves me right.
Other: Just thread, from stash.
I wasn't planning to make this top, but when the pattern arrived I had a sudden attack of cold feet about cutting into my lovely flannel to make the dress version when I had no idea how it was going to turn out. I have scoured the web, and haven't yet found another blogger who has made this.
Merchant and Mills patterns perhaps appeal to a different demographic: dare I say slightly older women, who may be less likely to blog...?
So despite the autumnal chill, I excavated this lightweight voile from the stash and set to work on the top, just to try out the pattern.
I am really glad that I did, because despite its simple shape, sewing the Camber is all about attention to detail and achieving a high-quality finish. I had to put the brakes on and take it one step at a time, because the yoke construction was entirely new to me and I was in serious danger of botching it up by going too fast.
Breathe, Roo, just breathe!
Me? I took two shots at the shoulder pivot before I got it right. Just saying.
I decided to cut the smallest size and made no attempt to alter anything. I had read on the Raystitch blog that the designer bases her sizing on a Toast or M&S model, so I expected it to have lots of ease and it does. I am very happy with the fit across the shoulders and the neckline is just right - not as high as my 60's shell pattern, and easy enough to pop over my head as long as I remember to take my glasses off!
The darts are in a good place for me: not too high.
It might be a little too roomy for me through the hip, but better that than too tight.
Yup. This could very well become my go-to pattern for a woven summer top.
I can't imagine wearing it for another 6 or 7 months without at least two more layers above and below, but that's my own fault for sewing such thin fabric in October!
Next up? The dress version, in seasonally-appropriate fabric.
Woo hoo! I am sewing again!