And I am so happy with the fit. It is just right through the shoulders and bust - with no gaping neckline, no pulling in the chest - and enough ease in the tummy and hips to be comfortable but enough shaping to avoid looking tent-like. I'm really, really happy with the results of the work I put into adjusting this pattern.
After I made the white blouse, I cut another out of the last of a cut of double-faced gauze that I previously used to make a dress for Z. I did this one with a shirt-tail-shaped hem and faced the neckline and sleeves with bias made from the same brown linen from my Simplicity 1887 shorts. I was overzealous in lowering the neckline, though, so I ended up having to put in a modesty panel. I also messed up while cutting the back, so I had to cut it in two pieces and seam it.
I will be honest, although this top is very comfy and goes well with three of the Simplicity 1887s in my closet, I don't love how it looks. I'm really annoyed with myself about the low neckline - I don't like how the modesty panel breaks up the plaid, but the gauze is shifty enough that I wasn't even going to try to match the pattern. I sewed the darts properly and tied them off instead of backstitching. I also pressed well over the edge of my ironing board. But they are still pointy - I feel like the fabric is to blame here. And I don't really like the shape of the neckline. I wasn't even going to post photos of it, but since I do wear it fairly regularly, my blogger conscience compelled me to include them.
I did, however, have a heck of a time getting halfway-decent photos of this top. My most successful shoot took place just after a steamy rainstorm, and my camera lens fogged right up. But these photos show the shape of the top the best, so try not to squint too hard.
Bettine or the Olivia. Yes, I could just buy one of those patterns, but since I already have this top altered for my shape, all I need to do is draft the skirt part and I'm set.
This is my "I'm going to melt because it's 200% humidity out here" face.