I chose view A, size 14 to make a muslin. This view is really the same as view B (slighly different sleeve) and view C (which is sleeveless). They all use the same bodice and neckline pieces, but A and B throw on a sleeve, of course. My modified version has no sleeves.
I will say the bodice pieces are cut generously and they really have you do some gathering on the upper edges of the front and back sections. I didn’t want that much poofyness on my first top so I cut on the fold after moving the pattern off the fold about 3/4″ and that worked out great for me. So, it is as the pattern intended but not as poofy.
Original top is gauze from Joann. Modified top is black poly non-stretch for the neck, banding and ties; the bodice is gauze. I plan to make this again using a knit so I felt it would give me the closest outcome if I used gauze for my first modified run.
I don’t know why (FBA sickness?) but I did a full bust adjustment on it the first time out of the package and that dart is sewn. On the modified top, I smooshed out the side dart after retracing over the original tracing.
I somehow calculated and drew the modified top banding and upper bodice just right on the first try. Yay! What a victory!
I traced over the top of my original tracing and added seam allowances. It was slow going as I was both extending the shoulder strap length (to bring it lower down my chest and back), widening it across my chest slightly then wrapping under the arm in one piece. The front bodice was further redrafted to preserve the fullness over the bust but allow for the banding under the arm. The bottom bodice was extended 2.5” in length. I also added ties like the RTW top, although I miscalculated and should have cut them wider. Next time!
I am delighted that all the deliberation and debating with myself paid off… I pondered it for too long before diving in and doing it.
The bottom of the bodice was problematic for me. It took two tries before I finally got a look over my tummy that wasn’t reminiscent of my pregnancy days. That was the tough part (surprisingly) since I thought modifying the neckline and upper bodice was going to make it or break it.
Then I had to redo the back as it was too short and found I wasn’t able to cut it on the fold. The RTW version has a center back seam but I was hoping to avoid it. Oh, well.
I am sewing a black based wardrobe next and this is on the roster. I also found a version on Anthropologie’s site that uses elastic under the bust. They have two versions, one is knit and one is woven. Interesting! I might give the elastic a try as well.
Just not the most attractive pattern envelope, is it? But I say give it a shot, you never know if it will agree with you or not. I’m loving it!