Finished! This was an easy little top - as near to instant gratification as I get. I really liked the sleeves of this top. The knit used in the magazine is a bit thicker and the sleeve flounce stands out more, but I wanted to try it with a more fluid fabric, so I used an Ity jersey knit.
I bought this fabric from Denverfabrics.com. On the website, the leaves looked more off-white then tan. I don't wear tan well; it makes me look washed out and sickly. I was a little worried this print would cause the same effect, but I think it's got enough black to break up the tan. Here's a closeup of the sleeve flounce:
I made my usual 38, but cut 1/4" off each side seam, reducing the total width 2". The sleeves were already form-fitting. In fact, with a thicker knit, those sleeves might be a little tight. Then again, I don't exactly have stick arms.
Here's a few interior shots. I went ahead and used the facing they provided because I liked the shape of the neck and didn't want to round off the V. I did trim it with bias tape, and then I had to topstitch it down.
Here is the shoulder seam sewn with a french seam. I stabilized it on the inside so it wouldn't stretch out. I think I used a thin twill tape, but next time I'm going to look for something with a little stretch. Any ideas?
This side seam is french as well and you can see my twin needle hem on the bottom. I trimmed the fabric really close to the stitches. This is the only way I think it looks somewhat neat.
Okay, up next is BWOF 8-2008-121 in a light gray to match this blouse.
We have family in town and are running around to various tourist attractions tomorrow. Yawn, I'm so tired. Good night!