Friday, 15 June 2018

Back to Basics Camber Set Top


It is true to say that a couple of years ago I had full on fan-girl LOVE for the Grainline Scout Tee as a basic top to make and wear. I built up an impressive collection of Scouts as you can see below in 2016 wearing a week's worth of them for the One Week One Pattern challenge.


In May 2016 I made my first Merchant and Mills Camber Set Top and I love it so much it's now my go-to simple tee shirt pattern.


Why do I like the Camber Set so much compared to the Grainline Scout tee?
The fit at the shoulders and bust is so much better for me than the Scout tee which is due to the slight shaping with the deep French darts. I think the yoke detail at the back elevates the tee into something a little more sophisticated too. My Camber Set collection can be seen below with three top versions and two dresses (so far).


My latest Camber Set is made with one metre of black rayon I bought from the remnant pile at Sew Over It Islington last week for £4.50. After reflecting on Me-Made-May 2018 I have plans to make a range of garments in classic, basic colours and fabrics to build a more cohesive wardrobe.





Nothing new to say about the construction. I made exactly the same size as all my other Camber tees and have really enjoyed wearing the latest addition to my wardrobe today in the June sunshine.

9 comments:

  1. I really like the neckline on this on you. What's your favourite t shirt of the full collection you have?!

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    1. I really like the Ikat/Atzec black and white print one but this latest black rayon version will most probably get the most wear!

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  2. This is lovely & I really like all your versions of this pattern! I’ve only one scout left now & realised during Me Made May that the reason it’s not worn much is it is too tight under the arms. For me it’s the Maya top by Marilla walker that’s a real favourite, only made one so far but i wear it so much I’m currently making two more!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn. Yes the Scout can be a little tight under the arms if the fabric you use is a bit unforgiving. I have the Maya top pattern by Marilla Walker I really should give it a try!

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  3. So cool. I love the scout tee, inspired by your makes and have used it many times. I think Me made May always shows people that solid colour makes is what they need to focus on. It was what I found out in 2016. Jo x

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    1. Thanks Jo. Yes, it seems after many years making my own clothes you have to face up to the fact you can't always make ALL the prints if you want a fully functioning and co-ordinating wardrobe!

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  4. Basic tops are so useful, I've been sewing lots too lately. I really like this one, it's simple but well made and the pattern really suits you.

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    1. Yes its good to make those basic tops to bring everything else you make together!

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  5. That looks great and it is a good idea to do some basics in solid colours, I have the problem of impulse buying patterned fabric that I love and having nothing to go with it! I look forward to seeing your solids range. x

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