To make the top, I cut the bodice 6.5" inches below the hip notch and hemmed it up 3/4". The Cashmerette tutorial has you cut it at the hip notch, but I knew I'd prefer it much longer. I also cut both front pieces the same width, and used the tie pattern from the dress pattern rather than from the top tutorial.
The fabric I used was an unknown knit (rayon/lycra, I think) purchased several years ago from the $2.96 table at the now-defunct G Street Fabrics. It is lovely to wear and has fabulous recovery. I only had two yards of it and it has these crazy wide stripes, though, so I had to think hard about where to put them. I had made a t-shirt last summer out of a similarly wide-striped fabric, and I never wore it because the stripes were placed very unflatteringly relative to my bust. I decided to eliminate the potential for that problem by using the widest dark teal stripe at the top.
What I didn't count on was that, by doing so, I would end up with a top that looks like I am wearing an apron! It's especially noticeable when I am wearing my Soviet-cafeteria-lady face (they were the originators of the RBF, you know).
The result is hugely irritating, but not irritating enough to keep me from wearing the top. I'm more concerned with the tightness of the top at the back, which illuminates the flab in that area. It's better with the extra room I added to the back pattern piece after my first Appleton, but it still feels really noticeable. I wonder if going up to a size 16 in the back bodice would help. I'm not sure I will test it out any time soon, though - I'm itching to get to a couple other projects for myself.
Until next time!