Monday, May 13, 2019
Pink Crepe Drop-Sleeve Top
I'm not sure how I feel about this top.
It is the free Drop-Sleeve Top pattern from The Avid Seamstress. I was wanting to make some woven tees with cut-on sleeves to replace ones that are now too big for me, and this looked like a good contender. I also had some pink poly crepe in the stash that seemed like a good match for the pattern.
I consulted the finished measurement chart and decided to try out the size 4 (38-31-41) - my measurements are 36.5 (high bust)-40-31.5-41.5. I made a short sleeved version by leaving off the sleeve piece. I figured it would be a good wearable muslin for a long-sleeved version using some rayon challis that's been marinating in the stash for years.
But I'm not sure I will make this one again. The fit is just ok. The neckline was far too wide which is a common problem for me in woven patterns. I took a 3/4" pleat out of the middle front neckline, but it is still too wide. And the fabric is very sheer, so between the facing and the pleat, it almost looks like a Peter Pan collar.
Before I took the pleat out, I decided to add a bit of stashed lace to the bottom of the sleeves to avoid having to draft a facing or make bias tape to finish them. They ended up a bit too tight. And after I tried on the finished shirt I thought it looked too twee between the lace and the faux collar.
I French-seamed the whole thing due to sheerness, except for the back seam. I decided to sew the back pieces wrong-sides-together, and then fold the seam allowances under and topstitch them down for some interest. I used some pretty purply-pink mother-of-pearl shank buttons for the closure.
After seeing these photos, I actually like the top better than I thought I would. Styling them with my army green jeans and sneakers tones down the twee effect a little. I can't decide what to do about the lace on the sleeves, though - I don't love it, but I also think the top is just a huge expanse of pink without some accent there.
Studying these photos has also helped me see that I really did need an FBA, and I need to make the sleeves bigger. At the same time, the neckline needs to be smaller. I might revisit this one in the future and try to make those changes, but then again, I might not. You can't win 'em all.
As always, thanks for reading, and see you next time! Hopefully with a more successful make.