I have a bright orange RTW top in this same style that I wear all the time, so knew I would love the fit of this pattern. The top is loose and casual through the midsection, but still fitted with the lower band and not too dumpy. Waist definition - even when low - is something I really like. Also, we are flying to Oregon this summer for vacation and I'm planning to fit everyone's clothing and such into carry-ons to avoid baggage fees. This ITY knit will be perfect as it hardly takes up any space and never wrinkles.
This fabric is from Denverfabrics.com - AKA Fashion Fabrics Club - and I've had it for a year or so. I cut the inside shell and bottom band on the cross grain to give it a bit of interest and so the design of the top didn't get lost with my busy fabric.
I love the addition of elastic at the shoulders.
I cut a straight size 10 and am usually a 12 in patterns. The only change I made to the construction was to use a bias tape finish for the neckline. I made a tutorial for that awhile back - check it out if you're interested. I've read on several blogs how necklines in knits can also be finished with clear elastic and am going to give this method a try soon.
You can see more of the bias tape finishing along the inside shell:
And look! I made a muslin! Okay, not really. It was yet another wadder, can you believe that?
When I finished cutting this out out, I wanted to try to make it per the pattern instructions and not be so fussy with the insides. I'm always reading how others have taken only a few hours to make a garment, and thought I needed an instant gratification project. So I folded over the fabric and stitched in place for the shell, and did a 5/8" double folded hem for the outer neckline. It stretched out horribly!!! The thing was practically falling off me! So now I am back to my bias tape finishing because that certainly does not stretch out. I didn't cry about this one though, just rolled my eyes a bit. I must be getting use to wadders. I wasn't too crazy about the fabric either, and think it resembles a black trash bag, especially from a distance when you can't see the snakelike texture.
I'm almost finished with a little denim skirt for my baby, and will be back in a few days with pictures of that. It is just adorable!