For these, I sewed a 10 shoulder increased to a 16 at the bottom of the arm scye. On my first top, made out of a denim blue rayon French terry from LA Finch Fabrics, I lowered the neckline to the lowest line on the front pattern piece. I forgot to lengthen my main bodice while cutting, and as I wanted a longer top, I cut my bottom band to 11" wide, to finish at around 5" once folded over and sewn on.
I ended up slimming the arms significantly after I sewed it up, about 1" at the wrist tapering to nothing midway up my bicep. The sleeve was plenty long, so I didn't add the cuff, but I think I'm going to as the raw edges are raveling just the tiniest bit.
I lengthened the body by 1" but cut the band according to the pattern piece. I find a black cowl-neck top to be a wardrobe staple in general, but this top was made specifically as a partner for a winter wardrobe orphan, the brown leopard McCalls 3341 I made earlier this year. I wear the heck out of this skirt with a black tee in the summer, but it had no cool-weather partner.
I sewed my third top to use up this rayon/lycra gray striped jersey. I didn't have enough of the fabric for the cowl, so I just made the scoop neck version. For this top, I kept the size 10 shoulder graded to a 16. But since I always have excess fabric in my armpit when I sew this top, this time I narrowed the shoulder from the sleeve by 1/2", and shaved 1/2" off the side seam at the bottom of the arm scye, tapering to nothing about three inches into the arm scye curve.
I also ended up narrowing the sleeves on all three tops. I had to use the size 16 sleeves to fit my altered arm scye, but I tapered them in from about 1/2" at the wrist, ending at nothing midway through my bicep.
I have transitioned to the mom washing cycle (at least, this was my own mother's cycle) - wear the same top two days in a row before washing - so these tops last me nearly an entire week. I do have some lovely bright red-orange wool jersey earmarked for another one. After mulling over these photos I feel the pop of color would be a welcome wardrobe addition so I should get on that soon.