Hi! I’m back today with another one of the many patterns that I tested in May. This time I tested for Adrianna of Hey June Patterns, the Santa Fe Top. I always enjoy testing Adrianna’s patterns– I think they are top notch and I know I would buy them if I wasn’t a tester.
The Santa Fe is another pattern from Hey June that is a great value for your money. There are a bunch of different views– two tanks and a cut on sleeve tee, both with options for colorblocking or center front/back seams. I went with the most basic short sleeved tee version. I made it with one fabric and cut my fabric on the fold to avoid painful print matching down the front and back seams.
This version of the pattern is finished with a neck binding and cuffs at the sleeves. It is easy to put together and I love the swingy shape. I made a size M graded to an XL and this version is not hemmed because I ended up liking the length as it is. Next time I will probably add half an inch or so to the length so that I can hem it.
When I was sewing this version of the top I managed to stretch out the neckline so badly that I was sure it was going to be a wadder. Thankfully a trip through the wash saved the neckline but while it was washing it I cut out this crazy flamingo fabric just in case my first one was going to make me look like I was an extra in Flashdance.
I originally did a contrast neck binding but ended up hating it. This fabric is pretty thin and when I started to unpick the neck I made all sorts of holes. I put the shirt in time out for a while and eventually decided to cut off the contrast binding and add a regular neck band. That worked well and now I am much happier with the shirt.
I am looking forward to making one of the tank views soon. I tried to make a shirt like this on my own last year and my fabric was not right for it at all. I think with a great rayon/spandex fabric and this pattern I will be much more successful at getting the look I was going for. Are any of you sewing the Santa Fe top?