Hoo boy, I almost missed the deadline on this top AGAIN. The neckline and armholes are all finished with binding and…well, I sorta am the suck with binding. A lot of hand stitching wound up happening to fix portions where I didn’t quite catch the back portion of the binding strip.
Then, once the top was finished, the weather gods decided to not play nice with me and rolled in some big, dark storm clouds that meant my usual spot for doing photos was dark as night. So, behold! New, busy backdrop…since my porch was the only place I could simultaneously get enough light that I actually showed up in the pictures and not get utterly drenched.
So if you remember my photo from last week, you’ll know that this started out looking like a tent. I used the same size 10 that I did for the raglan sleeved shirt, so in theory, this should have fit. Mucking about with the fabric type is a part of the issue, but to get the fit I wound up with I had to take 3″ off each seam…for a total of 12″ circumference off of the waist. The shoulders fit beautifully and I didn’t have to alter them at all, but ooph…
Now for the back:
I mentioned that I wound up having to make the back a different color because I didn’t have enough of the yellow…and originally I was a little disappointed about it, but honestly, I rather love how it turned out.
To make sure it didn’t look utterly disjointed, I used bits of the yellow for details on the cream. Instead of splitting the binding into matching colors I finished the entire way around the neck and arms using the mustard color. I also flipped the facing for the keyhole around so it would show on the outside, instead of having it just finish the edge and be tucked inside. I’m rather a lazy ne’er do well, so I omitted the button and loop at the top of the keyhole and just stitched them together using the binding. The neck hole is plenty wide enough that a fastener isn’t actually necessary and I didn’t have any buttons that I particularly liked with the fabrics anyhow.
So I sort of feel like it’s not particularly fair for me to review this portion of the pattern since I changed, well, pretty much everything. Sure, I had to make massive alterations to make it fit, but I suspect that wouldn’t have been the case if I’d have been using fabric that were even remotely appropriate. The directions that I chose to follow were clear enough and, even if some of the steps (*cough*French seams*cough*) seemed rather time consuming for an “easy” pattern, they weren’t difficult to follow.
I love how this turned out…I’m just not entirely sure what I’m going to wear it for! The silk I made it from was all scrap fabric, so it’s not like it’s “wasted” if I don’t wear it a ton, but with 2 small boys “dry clean only” isn’t high on the practicality list. Ah well…maybe our next date night.