Over at The Monthly Stitch, a competition was held to choose a brand new indie pattern designer to be mentored and Helena of GrayDay Patterns and her Sandpoint Top were chosen.
When the call for pattern testers went out, I put my hand up as, well, I do love a draped neckline and Helena's strategy of a neckband appealed to my preference for my clothing to stay put & not slip off my shoulders. I'll also confess that I adore V necklines and have sewn them in my Tessuti Alexas and Sewaholic Renfrews, but always get them somewhat wonky, so I was looking forward to Helena's instructions ;)
|My V neck turned out ok on the first try|
I was especially impressed that Helena modified a large format/copy shop printer version into A0 size to accommodate all of us who live outside the USofA. I took the brand new file down to my local Officeworks who printed it easily (I love it when they don't have to think about fitting it to the paper as it's already drafted to A0), and $4 later I had a printed copy of both versions with all sizes nested.
The Sandpoint Top is drafted for sizes XS-XL (Small bust = 34-35")
I’m a 34.5” high & full bust (curse you forward shoulders!) I did a cheats SBA & cut a size Medium back & below the armholes (front & back), however I cut a size Small front & front armholes.
I would usually change the front shoulder angle to accommodate my forward shoulders, however I didn’t this time & it fits okay.
I felt the aqua knit in my stash was the best of both worlds, and it does work well. This aqua knit is from my one & only GirlCharlee purchase - a cotton rayon spandex with no vertical stretch and 120% (or 3” becomes 8”) horizontal stretch, it’s got quite good recovery, is soft, but doesn’t drape as well as I hoped it would.
|Did I mention that it's designed to be reversible?!|
Will there be more? - but of course ;) I'm actually looking forward to sizing up and using a slinky soft knit as I will have the neck/shoulder band to stop any wardrobe malfunctions.
The Sandpoint Top was released today and can be purchased at GrayDay Patterns - There's a discount code for 20% off from now until 10/26. The discount code is "firstweek"
All photograph credits to DH as usual - there are some great B&W ones for my next posts!
Isn't the background here fabulous! Bleachers is an American term that I've always loved and I can picture sitting along these benches, cheering my team on. I come from a long family history of attending sporting matches - I was even evacuated onto the hallowed MCG grass when the Ponsford Stand Screen caught on fire during (well, just before) a Carlton & Richmond match back in 1999. I miss wooden benches with the plastic seating of our major stadiums these days and jumped at the chance to show these to DH.
(I've since heard that these are benches as they're in a covered grandstand, however my love for wooden seating remains strong!)
There's a cache here as well and we may have disturbed several geocachers trying to be subtle looking for it in their lunch breaks.
If you like to visit these delightful bleachers, we're at the Maribyrnong Speeedway, Kirjon or Tracey's which operated from 1946 to 1964 and has 2 lovely grandstands.
"A new track was built at an old football ground at Maribyrnong by the Kirjon Speedway Company. 7000 people attended the first Meeting in October 1946 and it was planned to run two Meetings a week on Wednesday and Saturday nights."