I was so excited to finish this top, I have done the thing I don't normally do - the mirror self-portrait!
This is Simplicity 2599. This top is also another one of the top 10 patterns of 2010. If you read my blog, you may know that I have set the challenge to make all top 10 outfits (a follower I am!)
This version is my trial version made in a polyester chiffon (yoru?) which cost all of $5 m and seemed perfect for this top. It is Version B with cap sleeves and vertical ruffles.
I was concerned when I first tried it on after inserting sleeves that it would be too tight across the shoulders. I need to get a photo of the back and try wearing it for a day to see how it goes on that score.
As you can see, it fits Diana very well across the back, but my shoulders are a little broader.
This is a great little top. It has different cup sizes and I am the b-cup as my high bust is very similar to my full bust (that's those pecs I have worked on so hard ;) )
Even with the cup sizes I found I had to go down a few sizes as the ease is massive in this top. I am a 34" bust which corresponds to a size 12 but it had something like 5 1/2" ease across the bust - too much for me. I went down to the size 8, which has 3" ease.
The other things I did were to leave off the button closure at the back as it slipped on very easily without this, so even though I think it looks cute, I know I will never undo the button.
I also left off the facing and used rayon seam binding to finish the neck edge. I did as others have done with this too and used a roll-edge hem to finish the ruffle edge.
The only tip (which I hope will work through the wash!) is that the ruffles are attached with two rows of stitching 3mm apart and the edge is raw. As this fabric ravels terribly, I made the second row of stitching a narrow zigzag and then trimmed close to the stitching. I am hoping that it will keep it tidy as well as hold it through washing. I used my duck-bill scissors to trim the excess fabric. I love these scissors - you don't want to be cutting a hole in your top at this stage!
Lulu was my sewing helper today and as you can see gave my top the seal of approval...
I am now washing my very expensive piece of silk to make another version of this cute top... Ciao!