Just not my thing… but posted for several notes on the construction.
I was so hoping for a cute boho top. And maybe for some this fits the bill. It does nothing for me, even though I sized way down to a size 6.
Not wanting to leave you with nothing, particularly if you want to sew this or a similar tied neckline top:
- I did not sew the ties and neckline binding separately. I.e., I did not sew ties and insert them at the front neckline edge. What a kerflunky mess. I sewed one piece of 2″ x 53″ bias binding for a continuous neckline binding and ties, being careful to mark the placement of the neckline notches. It’s a nice clean finish from the inside and the outside.
- I also constructed the front with a 1″ seam allowance, not on the fold as in the pattern. Then I folded the seam allowance and topstitched it, top to hem. The result is a nice view when the blouse is open at the neckline. The facing on the pattern is not nearly wide enough to facilitate a neat aspect with the blouse open.
- And to decrease the angst of gathering the cuff into its binding, I gathered the sleeve into the binding before sewing the sleeve/side seam. The directions have you finish the sleeve seam and then wrestle the voluminous sleeve into a cuff. umm…no
And that’s that. I sometimes wonder why pattern designers make the simple things, duh, so hard, particularly for beginner/advanced beginner sewists. Anyway, not to be repeated. I am interested in challis-friendly loose blouses for summer, but this does not work for me. Ideas for alternatives?