The arm adjustments resulted in a pattern that fits perfectly in the arms and shoulders. The drape of that rayon jersey is amazing. BTW, I threw the fabric the washer and dryer twice, on Ann's advice, to ensure there wouldn't be any post construction shrinkage, and it's worn fairly well.
I need make only these changes to the pattern - and if I can find another fabric combo in my stash, I'm making it again tomorrow:
- Use the chain method to ensure that the cowl doesn't flip.
- Add more fabric in the cowl to allow for better drape over my breasts. Right now, the cowl overlay falls directly over the midpoint of my breasts. I love the shoulder position, but I'm going to make the curve of the cowl itself slightly shallower to get the additional fabric I require.
- Add about an inch to the hips tapering to nothing at the shoulder. I sense I need a bit more space in the waist and hips to skim better over my lower abdomen.
In the end, my opinion is that the Demi-Drape top is a very easy pattern to sew. Looks more complicated than it is and it doesn't look particularly hard, I realize. I don't think the instructions are fantastic, but StyleArc assumes you know what you're doing. If you've got tits this is the top for you.
It took me about 2 hours to actually sew the garment, not so long by my standards. Next time it will hopefully go more smoothly because now I know what I'm aiming for.
I really love the end result and the pattern looks good, inside and out. Note: I used a serger, cover stitch and a regular machine). Photos will follow, likely with the next version, because I want to produce a better fitting end product. But I will photo the one I made today on the dress form - as long as the dress form isn't too wide.
It's really great to make something I know I'll wear.