Springfield Top


This is the Springfield Top by Cashmerette. It is the first time I tried a Cashmerette pattern and I know I will try some more. I have been frustrated figuring out sizing for a large bust and my full bust adjustments have not really worked out so far.


I cut out a size 12 with the EF cup. I added a half inch to the length but otherwise no changes were made.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES I made View B because I like the details and wanted a more fitted look.


The pattern gives me plenty of bust room without pulling the side seam forward which happens too much. It also gives great coverage to the underarm area so I don’t have to show my bra off when I move my arms.


I love this fabric! I didn’t discover it until well after everyone else had bought it up. I searched all over for it and bought the last yard and a few inches that was left. I’m glad I saved it for this top. I did have to use store-bought bias tape since I was limited on yardage.


I will definitely make more of these. You can tell by my farmer’s tan I didn’t wear sleeveless tops this year.  I am wearing the Springfield top with my Colette Mabel skirt.


Sewing Again

Hello! This is the first article of clothing I have made in a really long time. I have been wanting to start sewing clothes again for a few years and had a couple false starts but didn’t get anything completed until this year.  I am trying to figure out what size I am in commercial patterns these days and what pattern alterations I need to do. I also don’t know which styles and patterns will be good for my over 50 self.

I made a few muslins for some fitted tops but just got frustrated and quit. Finally I saw this Myrtle pattern from Colette and knew I had to make it. I was happy that I finally completed something and had little difficulty with fitting.  I only added a little to the bodice length since I am long waisted… or so I thought. I may have added more than I needed but it still works.

I learned to sew when I was very young. I collected scraps of fabric off the sewing room (basement) floor when my mom was sewing and made little wrap dresses and ponchos for my plastic animals and miniature dolls. I was making my own clothes in no time and that included zippers and set in sleeves.

I copied my prom dress from a picture I saw in Cosmopolitan Magazine.

1980 magazine page

My version

I studied fashion design and dressmaking for two years and I loved it. Here are a couple pics from way back when.

Then I worked in a bridal shop doing alterations for a few years. After that I barely sewed a thing. I don’t know why. I made curtains and simple projects but stopped making clothes.  The past couple years I have been reading sewing blogs and becoming interested in making clothes again. My sister sent me a subscription to Threads magazine hoping to inspire me. So now I am finally sewing. I want to refresh my skills and gain many new ones. I also want to stop lurking and become more involved in the sewing community. I love seeing what everyone is sewing and have become more and more inspired. I have few things in the works. Thanks for visiting my new blog!!  I’m really excited to start sewing again!

Oh, I made a Mabel too!


Colette Mabel