I'm so excited about my new top....it's totally different than anything I've ever worn, but I love it.
I've seen this pattern reviewed on various sewing blogs, most recently Lori's blog. I have liked all Lori's versions but wasn't sure if the style would suit me. I bought the pattern anyway, but procrastinated making it. The deciding factor to sew it up was when Jessica bought me a ready-to-wear top of a similar style, and I found that I really liked it...a big surprise to me, because I didn't think I would. This style works well to hide my "I've had seven babies" midsection (ie, no waist, and a fluffy tummy).
Pattern changes on my version:
- I made the armhole/sleeve to be a higher cut.
- Next, because I did not want the neckline to be too loose, I moved in my center fold (to make it smaller) by 1/2" on both front and back pieces, taking out a full inch from both front and back. I added an extra 1/2 inch to each side seam at both the bodice and the waistband to accommodate my midsection.
- I reduced the width of the neckband. The pattern is 2 inches wide; I cut my neckband to 1 and 1/2 inches wide and applied it as instructed. I like the narrow band better.
- The instructions call for gathering the waistband side seams before sewing them together. Instead, I sewed the side seams and then used clear elastic in the seam allowances to gather the sides. Using clear elastic worked quite well.
On another note, I have waaaayyyy too much hair and it's driving me crazy. Any ideas of how I should cut it? If I go too short it will stick out in a frizzy, fluffy bush, lol. So I definitely need a haircut--but don't know what I want. Seriously, if you have hair style suggestions for thick wavy hair that's not curly but not straight, let me know.