Ashton Top Tester Roundup

Thank you so much to everyone who supported the launch of the Ashton Top and Donovan Skirt! We are so happy with these two patterns and we can’t wait to see all your makes.

We are also incredibly grateful to the amazing testers featured in this post! These generous sewists helped us test Ashton to make sure the pattern was as perfect as possible. They volunteered their time and supplies to test Ashton, and we couldn’t have done it without them! They are all inspiring and we recommend you give them a follow.

Both Ashton and Donovan are available in sizes 0-30. Grab both patterns this week for 20% off!

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What’s Changed Through Testing?

Pattern testing is a crucial part of development here at Helen’s Closet. After testing Ashton, we decided to make some adjustments to the armscye. We raised it and made it less deep in the front. We also decided to raise the shoulders on the B-cup size range. The simplicity of Ashton means that we really had to focus on getting all the details right! We are so pleased with the final pattern.

“This is one of those simple patterns that will inevitably become a TNT pattern- a great silhouette, simple construction, with excellent potential for hacking.”

“I’m continuously stoked by Helen’s extended size range, and this is no different. I’m going to be living in these all. Dang. Summer.”

“This is a lovely cami top that fits beautifully on the shoulders and bust and then skims the tummy and hips in a very comfortable way. No FBA required on this one, it has already been taken care of!”

“This pattern was a joy to sew! The facings give a professional finish and they actually lay flat!! I especially love the wide hem facing, it’s such a nice detail for a simple design. As always the instructions are clear and easy to follow. This top will be a wardrobe staple for me!”

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“Ashton is such a fun staple pattern piece for your wardrobe! The cropped option is perfect for wearing with all your on-trend, high-waisted bottoms. The sewing is very pleasant, the pattern comes together so well and the instructions make it perfect for even a beginner!”

“The pattern is very well written and easy to follow. The cropped version will be a summer staple in my wardrobe and I’m planning on making more.”

“I never ever thought I’d make a crop top and I’m so happy I did! This pairs so well with the Winslows!”

“This pattern is just begging to be hacking into many variations! After testing the cropped version, I immediately made this version by extending it and adding a deep ruffle. The all-in-one facing gives a beautiful finish and helps it come together so quickly. In the tester group, it looked stylish and fresh on sewists of all sizes!”

“The Ashton Top is a wardrobe staple. It is quick and easy to make and uses very little fabric. It is perfect for spring and summer and also great for layering in cooler months.”

“This shirt is fabulous! From the shoulder coverage to being the perfect length for whatever I pair it with, this shirt rocks! No zippers, buttons or hooks, this shirt will become a staple for more summer wear. Not bad that they also pair nicely with the Winslow culottes!”

“Ashton is a wonderful summer top. The hip-length version is fun and easy to sew, and it goes with everything. The crop top version is perfect to wear with trendy high-waisted jeans or skirts.”

“The Ashton tank is a great basic woven tank, that is elevated with lovely finishing details. French seams are my sewing love language and Ashton’s 5/8″ seam allowance makes them easy to sew. I love that there is the option of using an all-in-one facing or bias tape to finish the neckline and armscye. Add the hem facing and the inside is just as pretty as the outside! The a-line shape is cute and comfortable. I know I’ll be returning to this pattern again and again.”