|Knit skirt, Citiknits
Sandals, Free Spirit
Love the lines and beautiful lower bodice seaming detail, but for me the shoulder pleats and sleeves kind of overwhelm the blouse. And the mid-bodice horizontal dart is a problem if a stripe is used! Soft wovens and drapey fabrics are recommended – but I sew tops in quilting cottons or calico most of the time. They are cool and nice for the Florida climate – but they are not particularly drapey fabrics. So a remix!
Pinned and flattened the pleats and mid-bodice dart in the bodice front.
Drew the short kimono sleeve using the bodice of the Serendipity Diane Kimono Dress, which I already knew was a good sleeve for me. Added 5/8″ hem allowance to the sewing line.
The same shoulder and sleeve changes were made to the back piece.
Verified my seams were going to fit each other and the bottom bodice pieces by pin-fitting the altered tissue.
And traced out new back and bodice top patterns.
Not shown here, I also raised the front neckline mid-point by 5/8″. I simply added 5/8″ at the center front and cured the new cutting line.
Here are the new pieces as cut, using Robert Kaufman’s Dill Blossom Stripe quilting cotton: