When I checked the blogsphere, this pattern has quite a few very positive ratings so I went for it!
My fabric choice was what I describe as a very lightweight knit mesh print. I've had it in my stash for a while now and was waiting for the courage to stitch it up. After using so many techniques when I created a chiffon top I felt encouraged and just went for it!
This top is rather boxy which you can see from the pattern envelope and when I hold out the sides for you. I don't mind the shape at all. I would never want a fabric like this to be fitted or clingy.
My only deviations from the pattern design was to add 2 inches to the backside and also the sleeve hems. I didn't necessarily want them full length but I do like what I will call 7/8th length or maybe that is referred to as bracelet length?
Finishes for this blouse included a serger and a straight stitch on my regular machine. I was really worried about the serger stitch showing through the front side, but since my fabric is busy, I don't notice the stitching too much, do you?
Look how awesome the neckband turned out! I did hand baste the edges before topstitching.
Just make sure you refer to the pattern directions and pattern pieces as the seam allowances are not consistent throughout.
I tried using clear elastic in the sleeves but it was too narrow and I didn't feel like driving to JoAnn's again.
I also like that the extra length covers my backside really well!
I even had a purple cami to wear underneath!
I love my new top! Especially with white jeans. You can see in the photo we are working on our landscaping and also my faithful dog, Lucy.
Thanks for reading!