Here’s the top pattern that M really likes. She told me I could make any of the views for her because she likes them all. I am making View B except that the shoulders are very narrow, so I widened them, and I think I raised the neckline about one inch. I am making the first version from an IKEA Knoppa sheet which is very much like a batiste with nice drape. To trim the front yoke pieces, I got out my box of trims. When my girls were little, we used to go into SF to the Gunne Sax outlet where you could buy cutaways of lace and trims and buttons, and all kinds of wonderful things. I still have lots and lots of the trims, and I am in a mood to actually use the stuff I have stashed away. So far I am pleased at how easy the sheet fabric is to sew, and the fit seemed to be OK when I pinned the top on Madam Merp, the duct-tape dressform. I can’t try it on M this week because she has a cold, but I am hoping it will fit nicely. The fabric is somewhat sheer, but will look very pretty over a colored tank top and be nice and cool for the summer.
I was listening to a good mystery book-on-tape when I was cutting out the embroidery, and I forgot to line up the embroidery motifs, so you can imagine how pleased I was to see that it matches up almost perfectly. This is total serendipity. I still have to sew on the flutter sleeves and the bias binding, and then I am done.