I finished the top I started last week
, and upon completing it I composed a letter to myself in my head. It went like this:
You had a baby. You are nursing said baby. Your body isn't the shape it normally is. Please stop expecting clothing intended for gamine Japanese women to fit you correctly.
Your Unusually Womanly Figure
I don't think it turned out badly, just not how I expected. As I mentioned, I rather figured that the length would be a little awkward for a dress on me. I was right about that, but I didn't really notice just how flat chested the model in the picture was until I put mine on and couldn't get it to drape anything like that.
Hey look Ma! I figured out how to look like a busty Victoria's Secret model! Stand next to that lady!
The fabric I used isn't ideal. It's a clearance knit I had in my stash, but it was one of the few 60" widths I have left, and this piece needs one. A softer, tshirt material in cotton would give much nicer, softer folds, but, eh. I worked with what I had.
There's a little bit of gaping in the armholes, but I haven't decided yet if it's an issue I can fix by taking it in at the side seam, or, again, because I'm currently too busty for this design.
If you decide you want to try this top out, piecing together the pattern is by far the hardest part. Pay attention to the guide at the top of the pattern sheet that tells you which pieces you're looking for. This "one piece" pattern is broken into 3 pieces on the sheet and you need to line them up to create your pattern while tracing. I found 2 originally and was confused as to why the grainline seemed so wrong...it was supposed to be on the third, middle piece that I'd ignored. Way to go me.
Once your pattern is cut out, you're pretty much home free. The construction for this was very straightforward, and unlike the folded shrug
and two-way stole
from ShapeShape, I would have no qualms about a beginner trying it out. The most difficult portion is finishing the neck and armholes, for which I used the same binding process
as I did for the Ariadne top
I'm not sure I'll be getting a whole lot of wear out of this for a while. It photographs nicely, but I sort of feel like a tank under a tablecloth wearing it right now. We'll see.
I don't know if I'll get the chance to try out another piece in this book before it's due back to the library, but I expect I'll be checking it out again!