I like to get a jump start on spring by sewing after the new year. So after reading so many glowing reviews of this pattern I decided to try it out. The top has been made by several fashionable ladies whose sewing I admire, and there are a bazillion reviews of it on PR. So here is my muslin out of "free fabric" leftover from the dress I made using Louise Cutting's Ebb Blouse pattern. I bought the small sizes since everyone said this was oversized, cut and sewed size 12 with no alterations to check it out.
I sewed all the french seams, but as others did, tired out and was having a difficult time matching that intersection of the lower points with the center front bodice seam on the horizontal lower front seam, so just sewed a standard seam and serge finished it, pressing it up. I did the same for the side/sleeve seams. But the 12 looks sloppy and hangs on me like I'm wearing a RTW XL. I do not like how the front dips and I'm not sure who they designed those front darts to fit. Yikes!
I was considering making the next one using an Abraham striped silk charmeuse. But after seeing this, that seems to be a waste of a fine fabric. Not sure what to do with this one - maybe it would be good for a very hot summer day. The top looks fine on the hanger (hem was a royal pain in the a$$) but on is another story. Judge for yourself. Not sure if alterations will save this pattern for me. I may try out the 17" skirt lengthened several inches. Who decides to put out a pattern with a 17" skirt?