Pattern: Butterick 4549 - I made view A.
Size: This pattern comes in sizes 8 to 22 - I made size 8.
Fabric: Turquoise striped eyelet from Fabricland
Comments: The first time I saw this pattern I fell in love with view A and view D. This time around, I made up view A. This type of top is perfect for my work environment - I cannot wear sleeveless tops, so these small sleeves are perfect. The cap sleeves cover my shoulders but are still cool when the temperature in my room gets up to 32 C (90 F) like it did last Thursday.
View A has a slit neck with three buttons that have button loop closures - however, these are not needed to enter and exit the top since there is a side zipper (for which I used an invisible zipper). The bottom of the top is finished nicely with slits at either side. The bust region is slightly gathered and attached to an empire midriff. The empire line is very slim through the abdomen and waist so there is no maternity wear confusion. For someone like me, with fairly short legs, this is a very flattering line. The only change I will make to this top the next time I make it will be to add buttons to close up the slit neck a bit more. It is a tad revealing for school - although I tend to err on the side of modesty.
This top is well drafted and goes together easily. I barely used the instructions so I can't really comment on how good or bad they are - the few bits I did read made sense, so I assume the rest was decent too.
Conclusion: I absolutely adore this top and I cannot wait to make other version (or 12) of it. I am even considering lengthening it to create a dress. Now, all I need is some more fun and funky fabric - you'd think with over 600 m of fabric I'd have something appropriate, but I'm not feeling the vibe from anything in my stash.