Hmmm, time flies...
Anyhoo, a while back I saw the most beautiful top on Harmonie and Rosie's blog, and I immediately thought I. Must. Have. This.
Part of what hooked me was the lovely Liberty fabric and part was the simplicity of the top and it's effectiveness for showing off a beautiful print. Lots of people rave about the Wicksten tank top for showing off a print, but to my mind, something with a bit of sleeve is more versatile and can be worn in more situations (work springs to mind).
I was completely over-excited by this top and desperate to make it, which means that fitting it in between lego building and going to the playground, it took 3 weeks from download to wearing. Not bad going these days.
By the time I got to take these photos, I'd had the top on for a while so you'll have to excuse the wrinkles...
So. The nitty gritty. I wanted to do a trial run in a nice floaty fabric and ended up with this Liberty print which I bought years ago to edge a cot quilt, and then didn't know what to do with. Not really my first choice in prints to wear, but looking at the photos it actually turned out more wearable than I thought. Please don't think I have a massive stash of Liberty print to use as muslins, by the way!
I'm a fan of scooped necks so I cut the neck an inch lower than than the pattern (but I think the pattern as is would also be fine for me). The top is also about 2" shorter than it should be because I ran out of fabric and it certainly feels a bit too short, but I can't think of a way to lengthen it without it being a very obvious add on. I think about 4" longer would work best, with a decent turn up at the hem (because this one is very narrow and curls - as you can see in the photo below).
So now the question is, what do I cut into next to make number two (and three...)? I also have some knit I would like to try - possibly in a size smaller for a bit more fit.
You know what? I haven't told you where to find this pattern! It's by Grainline Studio which is a new site to me, and very good too. The pattern is here, and there are lots of posts on variations (including making one in jersey) - just put Scout in the search function and it will bring them all up.
Belatedly linking with Randi's Show and Tell Tuesday!