When we were in the states, Annika gave me a bunch of vintage/thriftstore patterns. Among them New look 6406.
From the PR weekend in Copenhagen in 2006 (?) I still had some red poly-knit in my stash and I decided, that this was the pattern for it. YAY, stash reduction (mmmhhh, did I mention that I was on the Dutch fabric market in Hamburg 2 weeks ago and that I do own 2 linenfabrics, 1 cottonjersey and another interlock now?....).
The pattern was pretty straight forward. I decided to make view c and did cut a size 12 according to my measurements and the sizechart on the pattern although I might have gotten away with a size 10. For my taste the ease could be a little less.
Before sewing I read the reviews on PR and this very helpful thread on the German hobbyschneiderin site.
My fabric wasn't wide enough, so I had to piece the lower part but I think the seam is hidden quiet well in the drape of the "skirt" piece (I really wanted to take a picture of the seam but my camera has decided that it needs to be re-charged after each picture, so I'm off to buy a new camera, this is also the reason why the picture below is so crappy. It was this shot or none!)
The only modifications I made was to make the front gathersection in one piece instead of sewing the centerfront parts together, gather it and sew the s.a. by hand onto the lining, so I machinebasted the lining and the outerfabric part in one continuous seam, gathered it and then sewed the seam with a reduced stitch length. Unfortunately it seems, that the gathers did "relax" a bit before I could sew the seam, so my bust-part isn't as gathered as planned.
As for the hemline on the sleeves and the skirt: I did not make a double turned hem as suggested. That would have worked for the skirt part, where I could have used the rolled-hem foot for my machine but the curve edge of the sleeves? So I just serged them with my serger using wooly nylon and a reduce stitch width (and the rolled hem setting), so my skirt is a bit longer and the sleeves are a bit wider since I could not be bothered with trimming of the s.a.
Since my work-life is a bit stressfull at the moment I found this pattern was a good choice for my "5-minutes sewing a day" schedule. It took me around a week to finish this top but if you have more time, this top can easily be made in an evening.
I wore this top yesterday evening as DH and I went out for dinner for our 5th anniversary. He really likes it! And now that I've worn it, I would really go down a size since the shoulders seem to drop easily off my shoulders and with that plunging neckline that's not something I would have happen often ;)
Again sorry for the crappy picture. Once I have a new camera I'll add nicer ones!
The lovely necklace is also a creation of Annika, queen of micro-makramé. Look out for her book, which is coming out sometime soon! I was so lucky to get one of her necklaces and I receive many compliments for it.
Btw. does that top make me look pregnant? I'm never sure if empire-tops are a no-go for non-pregnant people....