I felt so far out of my comfort zone making this. When I started there were no reviews on Pattern Review and then I decided to use delicate sheer silk fabrics, add in the chaos zone that is my half finished sewing room and I'm a little surprised that I even finished it.
This is a Sandra Betzina pattern and the instructions were great with plenty of little tips along the way. It's actually a very simple pattern, it was my fabric choice that upped the difficulty factor. I used two silk fabrics, the body is light weight ivory broadcloth and the sleeves are a slightly crinkled chiffon with satiny 'ribbons' woven in. The sleeve fabric was a challenge to sew with.
I didn't make any changes to the pattern itself, but there were a couple of things I did differently. Firstly, this top is very snug across the stomach. On me it sits very tight across the stomach and then blouses over the top, I'm happy with the way that looks but it is different to the pattern envelope. To be fair Sandra does warn women with a bit of a tummy to make this in a knit rather than a woven, but I wanted to use a woven so that's what I did.
I graded out to the next size from the waist downwards (does that make sense?). It also directs you to hem one of the sleeve sections in two parts, half before you attach it and half later on. I just used a rolled hem on the lot and had no problems. I also simply overlapped the sleeves at the front rather than overlapping and then gathering a very small section. I don't think the minimal gathers really add a lot but they did increase the chance of something going wrong with the fabric.
And Bernice, thanks for keeping me on track regarding my plans to sew with knits after my little whinge a while back :-) I've got quite a few woven projects planned too. I think I'd been sewing too many knit items and I just needed to find a bit of balance. Does that happen to anyone else?