Howdy friends! It’s been a while, but I will hopefully be blogging several of my summer makes over the next few weeks. One of my more recent makes is a Helen’s Closet Ashton Top. Helen describes this top as “an all-season wardrobe staple that is easy to sew and style”. I’d say that’s true! I’m already working on a second one, and have fabric set aside for a few others. My classic “uniform” pretty much year-round is a tank and a cardigan with jeans, so this will certainly be a staple!
The Pattern: Ashton Top
As mentioned, the Ashton Top is a wardrobe staple that pairs well with jeans and a cardigan or shorts (and a cardigan?). The pattern is beautifully drafted and the instructions are clear. There are just a few pattern pieces, and it uses a pretty small amount of fabric, so it would make a great stash-buster.
If you’re not familiar with the pattern, it provides two options for neck and arm finishings. You can choose to do bias bindings or a facing finish. Either way, you don’t need a huge amount of fabric and could definitely get away with using a contrast for the insides. The pattern also has a hem facing, so no turning up a hem and hoping it’s even all the way around!
Based on my measurements (B37″/W29″/H42″), the pattern size chart and fished measurements, and the ease built in to the pattern, I chose a size 10 and it is perfect!
The Fabric: Cotton Voile
I used a Cotton Voile from Mood Fabrics. I had previously ordered a swatch and fell in love with the light, soft fabric. The flowers are a bit larger than they appear in the photos on the website, but lovely nonetheless. I didn’t find it to be too sheer, so this top does not have a lining. I did, however, opt for bias bindings instead of facings to minimize show-through.
Honestly, I love this pattern! It came together so quickly and uses such a small amount of fabric. It pairs beautifully with my Blackwood Cardigan, which I will properly blog eventually. I love that there are two lengths, and that there is effectively no hemming. I’ve seen a few hacks for this pattern, and the Helen’s Closet blog has a whole page dedicated to them. I will certainly explore a few of these ideas at some point in the near future!
One thing I might consider adding to future iterations is a bra strap holder of some sort. I also might add one to this version. Every so often, bra straps try to go sneaking out on the back, so it might be worth the extra time!
All in all, I definitely recommend this pattern if you are like me and wear a lot of tank tops. It is a quick and easy sew and so very satisfying!