The Ashton top is a basic woven tank with an a-line shape. It comes in two lengths, cropped and hip length. It comes with options to finish the neck/armscyes with bias tape or with an all in one facing. The hem is finished with a wide hem facing.
For my test I chose the cropped length and I used the all in one facing option. I used some 100% linen fabric that was leftover from these Emerson pants (and I cut the facing from white linen scraps that were leftover from the Willow tank I’m wearing in that same post!)
There have been some changes to the pattern since I made this tester version so I’m not going to go into a huge amount of detail on my changes since some of them wouldn’t be necessary if I used the final version. I cut a size 12 graded to a 14, did a 1/2″ forward shoulder adjustment, and lengthened the top by 1/2″.
I love the fit of this tank! It’s loose and comfortable and the cropped length is so good with higher waisted pants/skirts. (I really need to try it on with my matching Emerson pants to try the faux jumpsuit look!)
The seam allowance on the tank is 5/8″, which means that it’s really easy to do french seams. I love how neat the inside of my Ashton looks!
I do somewhat regret using white for the facing since it peeks out a bit at the armholes, but it was very satisfying to make this tank from fabric scraps. It takes very little fabric, especially in the cropped length and is a great scrap buster.
I’ve ordered some GORGEOUS Nani Iro sateen to make another Ashton, probably in the hip length this time. I know that this will be a pattern that I come back to frequently.
I’m wearing my Ashton with a skirt I made last month. I got this linen on super sale from Joann fabrics. I had been excited to try the free Justine skirt pattern from Ready to Sew.
The skirt is just gathered rectangles with a straight waistband and a button placket. There are some really fun patch pockets included in the pattern, but I knew I wanted different pockets– I used the pocket shape and pocket bag from Made By Rae’s Cleo skirt.
I made the skirt based on my waist measurement and it was a total disaster. I had my doubts about using 100% linen fabric on a highly gathered skirt but I did it anyway. It turns out I should have trusted my gut. There was WAAAAAY too much fabric gathered into the waistband and the linen was too stiff for it. I looked like I was wearing a circus tent.
I was so sad and wanted to just cut the skirt up and make it into shorts but my sewing friend Shar sent me a photo of a similar skirt with an offset button placket that I thought was really cute. (That isn’t the exact skirt she sent me but now I can’t find the exact one.) I ended up unpicking THE ENTIRE SKIRT, french seams and all, to rework it.
I removed 8″ from the back panel and 8″ from 1 of the skirt fronts to offset the button placket. I had to re-sew one placket, which meant I sewed all of those buttons on twice by the time all was said and done. (I was happier to resew one of the plackets than to have to redo my stripe matched pockets!)
Once all of the unpicking and resewing was done I was sooooo happy with the skirt. I love the offset placket and the slight amount of gathering. The striped linen is so pretty and looks great with a white t-shirt or with my Ashton top. (I also got the stripes lined up perfectly across the button placket on my second time sewing it– I was off a bit the first time. Woo!)
Have you had a major sewing fail lately? Do you try to fix your fails right away or let them sit in time out indefinitely?