I used Burda 6914. I did like the look of the pattern, and sort of hoped it would look as sophisticated on me as it does on the photo on the pattern envelope:
This top has a bound neckline. Never mind that I hate binding anything. For some reason I hate doing binding - I can do it, it looks good, I hate doing it. And I did lots of binding in this top - neck, sleeve and armhole seams.
I cut size 36 and added a bit for my prominent chest (not bust - I'm only just a B cup). The shoulders and neck are spot on. I also shortened the top by about 2 inches and removed the side splits- the original was more tunic length with side splits.
The fabric used was a cotton lawn, out of my stash, and originally purchased from Spotlight.
I used the selvedge as the back seam finish, and french seams for the side and sleeve seams. The sleeve was darted, but this just gave a sharp shape which I did not think worked with this lightweight lawn:
The pattern used a facing for the sleeve hem. I did not think this was a good idea with lawn as all the little hand hemming stitches would pull and be quite obvious. So I decided to use a binding instead. I also bound the armhole seam. Lots of tedious binding, but it looked good.
I did have a small mishap -I forgot to interface the split at the back of the garment. They never tell you to do this in the instructions, and as I was feeling blah, I did not think of this step. Never mind, I can always solve a problem -I stitched a button over the area. Then it looked wrong. So I added some little daisies as a back detail:
And it's absolutely years since I have done one of these thread loopy closure thingies:
Now the photos, feeling quite unlike myself in this top:
I am glad I made this top though - I would always have wondered about it. I also think this would be a nice top for summer outings. I did find this year that I needed a top that was a little more resort, and I did not have one. This will fill that wardrobe gap nicely, even if it does not get worn often.
It will also be lovely in hot weather - and twee and cool is better than fitted and hot and bothered.
I may even get to like it...
Sarah Liz :)