I’ve seen the Hey June Santa Fe top crop up on blogs here and there and then Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow happened to recetly post a comparison on sleeveless knit tank sewing patterns that she’d made and I decided it was about time I sewed my own Santa Fe.
The Hey June Santa Fe is described as a loose, flowy tank or dolman sleeve top perfect for dressing up or down. It comes with six options which really ups its value. I made version B – sleeveless with the slightly wider shoulders. I decided to omit the centre front seam for ease and a speedy sew! My measurements are more like the XL, but looking at the finished garment measurements I decided to go with the size L which was a good call.
This is my first time using a Hey June sewing pattern and I have to say that the pattern instructions are very comprehensive. I used the PDF pattern which comes as a layered file so you can select the sizes you want to print to avoid going boggle eyed trying to cut it out. The instructions also give clear guidance on what pages you need to print for each version which is very helpful.
I bought this pattern direct from the Hey June website. I had orginially looked at buying it from Indie Sew…it is the same price but I noticed that they add 20% tax when you go to checkout which I haven’t had from an online PDF purchase before. Just something to watch out for if you use the Indie Sew site.
This viscose jersey has been maturing in my stash for some time. Purple isn’t a colour I wear much which is probably why it hasn’t been used. Since I was just looking to test the pattern, and this viscose jersey has a lovely soft drape which is what is recommended, I thought I should use it. Given how drapey it is, it was easy enough to sew with which was good. It does crease a bit as you can see from the photos (this is after a day of wear).
The pattern gives a requirement of 1.7m. Because my fabric was a solid colour I was able to nest the front and back pieces side by side so 1m was enough.
This is the first time I’ve done sleeve and neck bindings on a knit in this way and I really like the finish as it gives them a slight sturdiness. The method is similar to applying bias binding on a woven garment, except that it is sewn to the wrong side first and then flipped to the rightside. You could make a nice feature out of using a coordinating/contrasting fabric. You need to take your time top-stitching the binding in place, but even so this was a fast sewing project.
You know what, I think I might be a convert to wearing purple! I really like the cut of the Santa Fe and I think this is a really versatile top that could be dressed up or down. I have a common problem with armholes being too low so I’d look to raise it up on any future versions. It is a similar silhouette to my McCalls M7407 Swing Tee but not nearly as full. You also get a lot more options with this pattern.
Total cost: £19.98
Fabric: 1m of viscose jersey (from deep stash) = £10.00 (estimate)
Pattern: Hey June Santa Fe Top = $10.00 / £8.13
Notions: Thread = £1.85