I love this top!! I purchased the pattern because I love pretty much every pattern from Cashmerette and they all fit like a dream. I made the size 24 C/D cup (I’m usually an 18 in store bought sizes) and it fit perfectly! I made the view without the knot, and not cropped length. It fits very similarly to some LLBean tanks I’ve purchased, but really better, particularly in the busy area and length. I adore the length. It’s long enough on me (I’m 5’8” with a moderately short torso and longer legs) to cover most of my caboose but without being tunic length, and the front pretty much covers my stomach pooch without, again, being tunic-y. The steps are a great width and do cover the bra straps, although I will say that they curve in a little more than I would like, and I found I had to be conscious of my standard bra straps or they would slip and peek out, just because of where they sit on my shoulders. I would have zero problems with a racer back or sports bra. It’s no more of an issue than with a regular tank top, really.
The only other issue I ran into, and this might be in part due to my lack of serger or just a personal sewing issue, but when doing the bindings I found that the bindings were a little narrow when trying to fold them back over to do the top stitching and catch the binding on the back, since the instructions tell you to stitch on the front, which makes total sense for aesthetic reasons. I found that trimming the seam allowance under the binding and/or using a narrower seam allowance when attaching the binding with the first seam made the folding, pressing, and top stitching a lot easier. And if there’s extra fabric left on the binding on the inside, it can be trimmed away. Next time I make this, I might try making the bindings wider and just trimming as I go. It is a slight waste of fabric, but I think my end product will come out neater looking, and with at least 75% less swearing. 😃 well, maybe 50% less, sometimes my machine is a little persnickety, but she’s almost 30 years old, and I was a little persnickety about turning 30 too, so I’ll allow it. 😄
Anyway, I definitely plan on making this tank many more times, and I am so pleased with the outcome on my first attempt. Also, I found the pattern both relatively easy and relatively straightforward, from an instructions point of view. For reference, I would consider myself a moderately experienced sewer, although I haven’t sewn a lot with knits until recently, so I’m still learning a lot on that front. I would definitely recommend this pattern to someone learning to sew, it was a very satisfying and pretty quick project. I’m looking forward to a rainbow of tank tops in my future. I can’t wait to try the knotted one, and who knows, maybe I’ll make a crop top. Dare to dress how I want, right?
Attached is a truly terrible bathroom photo of me in the top. I apologize both for my crazy hair and for the weird split mirror that makes it all look strange. I promise the top looks better than that mirror makes it appear. It was the best light in the house last night. 😂🤣😂