Well. To be honest, I'm not that keen. It looks really homemade instead of handmade.
Lots of that might be to do with the fabric. It's too stiff for a top like this really. And I hate it a little bit. You might be able to tell by the right grump I have on in the picture above, that was probably down to noticing it had creased whilst I bent down to fasten my shoes.
But I've also had sizing issues. I made a size 40, but I then cut a lot out round the hips and waist to avoid huge flappy empty bits which has led to some oddness at the back (above). And I reckon the shoulders are too wide. So should I cut a size 38 or 36 and do an FBA? (I would actually need to find out what one of those was).
However, it's not all bad, it looks quite acceptable with a jacket. So I'm keeping it.
(Apologies to my lovely housemate/photographer who was trying to learn
about diabetes in pregnancy when I hauled her off to take these at 10pm last
Whilst I'm not that keen on the finished garment, I can't be rude about the pattern. It is a beautiful thing and it does say it's not for beginners, I just chose not to listen. Some of the instructions had me scratching my head for a while and it doesn't hold your hand through every step. So common sense/imagination or experience is necessary.
The way the yokes are joined together at the shoulders was a bit of a surprise. I can't even think of a sensible way to describe it, however, once I'd worked out what they meant I did think it was rather clever.
So, will I be cutting into my beautiful liberty tana lawn that I've
earmarked for a 'proper' version? Eventually yes. I just think maybe I
need to get a bit better first, at pretty much everything.