Sleeveless tops tend to be my favourite style, but the air-conditioning at work means that I end up so cold my fingernails turn purple and I lose feeling in my fingers. Not ideal. Time to make some sleeved tops, preferably in a woven fabric.
I bought the Alma pattern a couple of years ago when there were so many great versions all over all the popular blogs. I actually made up the version with a peter pan collar in a size 14 and felt ridiculous. It felt both too big and cutesy and 'cute' is not a word I've ever associated with myself.
This time around I used a gorgeous cotton from Tessuti and went for the notched neckline, in a size 12 with an extra inch of length added through the waist and another 1.25 inches length added to the hem.
You can see that there's still extra fabric in the back but otherwise the fit is pretty good and is actually quite comfortable to wear.
I really wanted to love this top but I'm just not feeling it. To be fair it looks better paired with a black pencil skirt or slim fit pants. It fills a gap in my wardrobe but it's not something that I'm going to reach for when I need my clothes to give me that extra little boost.
On a happier note I've just finished sewing up a gorgeous silk that I bought from Tessuti earlier this year and I love it - I'll share it soon.