Continuing on with my Sudoku Wardrobe entries.
I had been wanting to draft a sleeveless top with shoulder pleats for ages, when I saw Burda 6632 on sale for just a couple of dollars. It seemed to have a lot of the details I was looking for. When I made it up though (without a muslin because the competition deadline was looming) I was disappointed because it seemed to have a lot of unnecessary volume and quite swamped me.
I made the following changes to improve things;
- I took the side seams in about an inch on each side.
- I took the shoulders in a bit.
- I tried shaping the hem, and then raising the hem, and it still didn't look right, so I added a wide shirring elastic to the hem.
- I lowered the armholes. Possibly a tad too much, but I prefer my armholes a little lower as it makes the top cooler and more comfortable to wear.
I love this shirring elastic. Sadly, the place where I bought it has closed down and I don't know where to get any more.
Now that I have completed my entry and started mixing these clothes in with my wardrobe, this top has actually become one of my favourites. I think this is mostly due to the fun print and the beautiful feel of this Cotton + Steel rayon challis.