Thursday, May 12, 2016

Santa Fe Top

Today is the day for the release of Hey June's* newest pattern, the Santa Fe Top*. 

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I got to test this top and I made view B. The top comes with several different options. You can make a narrow strap tank, a wider strap tank (like the one I made), or add dolman-style sleeves. Each view also includes options for added design details like a center front and back seam, topstitching, or triangular inserts at the neck/sleeve.

I made two of these tanks already and have plans for several more. The first one shown above was made with a lightweight cotton rayon blend fabric from Girl Charlee. This fabric was perfect for this tank because it has great drape and the weight makes it great for hot summer days.

My favorite thing about this top is that it is loose enough to be comfy and cool, but not too loose. The bust is just fitted enough to be flattering. The neckline is perfectly scooped and fitted enough that it doesn't show anything when I bend over, which is a big win in my book!

It also looks great as a layering piece for those in-between seasons.

When I made a second version of this tank, I decided to take advantage of the optional center seam to do a fun chevron effect with some striped fabric.

Unfortunately, the gray fabric may have been a little too heavy for this top. And maybe the way I cut the stripes on the bias took away some of the drape. The stripe fabric is a rayon with pretty good drape, but the final shirt doesn't drape as well as I would like. I really like both tops, but I like the colored one better because of the drape.

The pictures above give you some idea of the drape of each. It's not surprising that the lack of drape in the gray top makes it feel wider, but I was surprised to find that it also makes it feel shorter. You can even tell in these pictures that the gray top appears shorter. I swear I cut them the same length. I even hemmed the colored one, but not the gray one. The moral of the story is - pay attention to fabric drape!

The pattern is on sale for 25% off through May 16, 2016, no code necessary.

Get your copy here:  Santa Fe Top*

In case you are interested, here are the fabrics I used:

Colored version: Girl Charlee Stained Glass Triangles
Chevron version: Gray and White Striped Rayon Jersey

 I already have plans to make, like, every version of this top. Summers are hot where I live, so this top is a great addition to my summer wardrobe. I can even make the version with sleeves to wear to work. I have another cut out already in an ITY fabric and I plan on ordering some similar fabrics from Girl Charlee for a few more.

Which version are you going to make first?

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  1. SO interesting how the drape of the fabric affects the length; maybe because it lays closer to the body on top, so there is more fabric below? That's a good tip in any case. The tanks are cute, and I really like the colorful one paired with that blazer.

    1. Thanks Masha. So interesting, isn't it? I'm always learning something new.

  2. I like both versions, and love the chevron effect, but see what you mean aboutvthe diff in drape. That's oone thing I struggle with, chosing the right-weight fabric fir a project. Posts like this are helpful in that regard. Cute tops!

    1. Randi, I agree! Different fabric types was one of the hardest things to learn about sewing clothing. Often you learn more from the ones that don't work than the ones that do. I was hoping my versions would help somebody. :)

  3. Gosh, so many typos in such a short comment by me! Sorry! That always happens when I don't do a preview!

  4. This is so cute! We would love to feature your top in an upcoming Knit Picks post on The Girl Charlee Blog! If you're interested, please send a couple of pictures to

    ~Caitlen of The Girl Charlee Team

    1. Sounds great Caitlen. I'll send some pictures over tomorrow