For the spring/summer season, I made two versions of View A. Here is the first one.
Details and comments:
Fabric: 100% cotton knit (quite thick)
Sizing: I made a medium and I didn't need any extra at side seams.
I made my usual Full Bust Adjustment (FBA) and it was too big. I had to use 1/2"
Directions: Were clear but the sleeve insertion was really weird. They are top stitched to the armscye
with the help of Steam-a-Seam!
The two pleats form a kind of flat puff which looks a little funny so I've added shoulder pads and extended them into the sleeve to give a more pleasing look
Design Element: The fabric is lovely and I love its weight but it curled unmercifully during construction. When I noticed that narrow strips curled nicely on each side I decided to experiment
with the neckline . Here is a close-up of the flowers I fashioned.
I sewed the strips by hand,starting with the middle one and forming the flowers as I went. I loved doing this. It was relaxing and only took about an hour to finish. Here is what the underside looks like. I didn't add stabilizer because of the weight of the fabric.
I love this top and have worn it a couple of times already. Skirt is an old favorite of mine S5005 that I've had for many years.
My second version is a sleeveless one using the same fabric in white.
This time I used a purchased trim to form another design of flowers ,a more subtle one.
This white top was very needed in my wardrobe and is very cool in this hot weather. Worn below with a cotton skirt S2764 ( I made an identical one for my DD).