I made this top using Patrones No. 330 (17 Blusa el corte ingles.) and a Milly chiffon from Gorgeous Fabrics. I rarely sew with chiffon, but I thought that these birds were pretty groovy. It turns out that the chiffon is not holding up terribly well for my wash 'n wear lifestyle, so I am posting this before the the pulls and tears become obvious (I made it over Christmas).
The fabric is navy, grey and white. None of these colours suit me, so I made the bottom band in a coloured fabric to help co-ordinate it with my wardrobe. This has turned out quite practical, as I have worn it with black trousers, mustard trousers and a turquoise skirt.
A made a few modifications to the pattern
- I left off the buttons on the band
- I left off the back neck opening
- I added the knit cuffs
- I took in the sleeves (I was doing a forward shoulder alteration and then thought I would just narrow the front sleeves by the amount I moved the shoulder forward - turns out this was a little too much narrowing of the sleeves are they are too tight now).
- I wasn't sure what to do with the back band - the technical drawing showed that it was elasticated, so I added a casing and inserted elastic. (Since then, I have seen this made up over at Aventuras de costuras and now I know I should have shirred the back waist band).
The elasticised back band and chiffon combine to make the birds look like they are floating, or flying, around. Quite groovy in real life.