Flouncy Dot Top
Done! Finished in two Saturdays. I really like this top. This fabric is perfect for warm weather. It’s very cool to the touch and drapes nicely.
I used French seams at the shoulders and sides. I love French seams! I use them whenever possible because they’re so easy and they make a beautifully tailored finish. Plus they create extra-strong seams.
My only complaint is that the neckline is too big, which means it dips down a little too low in the front (and the back from what I see in the pictures now) and tends to move around on the shoulders. I don’t even have to undo the button at the back to get it on and off. I’m on the fence about whether or not it’s appropriate for work and I have yet to wear it this week. I would wear it with a cardigan, but the ruffles look too bulky underneath. I may reserve this top for less professional, summertime events.
I also wasn’t able to do a proper hem because it wasn’t long enough. I only had enough to turn it up once and sew which leaves a raw edge inside. Which is ok since it doesn’t fray too badly, but it would have been nice to do a proper hem.
I made the top in the smallest size (8) which is smaller than my body measurements, but there was 4″ of ease so I knew I would be safe. I didn’t make any adjustments to it. I wanted to see how it would turn out straight from the pattern and it turns out that it’s about one size too big.
Next time I make this (and I will–I really like this pattern!), I’m going to make the neckline smaller and add a couple inches to the hemline to make a nice, wide, enclosed hem.
One of the other views of this pattern does have a higher neckline and while it looks too high for my liking in the picture, I wonder now if it would be just right for me? I have some striped jersey that I’m thinking of making one of the higher neckline versions with, so we’ll see how that turns out.