Oh, I had so much fun with this little top. It was so easy, I only had one small fit issue, and I got to do some hand sewing. (Which I really enjoy, in small increments.) This fabric is a light cotton print with small butterflies. So, I've heard of a FBA (full bust adjustment). Is there such a thing as a SMA - small bust adjustment? Because that was my only fit issue. Here's the back:
The waist inset was cut on the bias, which I think is very flattering. It also took the applied ribbon well. (More on that in a bit.) Bias tape was used along the neckline and armholes instead of facings. The pattern included both of those elements. It did look a little low on the model, so I raised the front neckline an inch or so. Also, I had to include a fabric inset along the button line. Why they didn't provide this, I don't know. One slight move and you'd be exposing yourself. You can see this in the picture below if you click on it to make it bigger.
And here's a picture of the inside. I but double fold bias tape along the front seams and used french seams everywhere else, so there aren't any exposed finished fabric edges. I don't have a serger. I do use a zigzag to finish seams, but it's never as neat a finish.
And now we come to the actual pattern envelope. I made view C. I fell in love with the design all because of that little ribbon belt. I chose fabrics around what color I could find for that ribbon. I'm making matching green capris and have matching shoes to boot. I get it all stitched up and find I really am not that hot about the ribbon belt. Maybe I should have used a wider ribbon? I thought I would leave it there until I get the pants made and then decide if it stays or not. But then all the pictures taken of this shirt during my "photo shoot" show that dang ribbon flying up on one side! (I'm thinking beads on the ends aren't really the look I'm going for.) Now I'm really leaning toward removing it.
The pants are up next. I've gone through my projects and selected what I'm going to finish for summer and what's going to get put away to be made next year. Fall is knocking on my door even though it's going to be hot here in Texas for at least 3 more months!