Sooooo I finished this top more than two months ago. I’ve worn it several times. But yesterday I found myself unexpectedly home in the afternoon after poor Charlotte — who’s been suffering some upset stomach for the last few days — had to go home early. And I was wearing this top. And while she napped, I finally managed to snap a few photos!
This is the Sailor Top pattern by Fancy Tiger Crafts. The pattern is meant for woven fabrics, which don’t really stretch, so it’s got a nice generous fit that I thought would work well with my novice clothes-sewing skills. Based on the measurements, I made the XL size and it fits almost exactly how I hoped it would — not too tight, and not too loose. The neck is ever-so-slightly wider than I’d prefer, but not enough to be bothersome. (I think I could probably wear a Large, and that would fix the neck issue but probably be harder to wriggle into.)
The fabric is Cirrus Solid in Shamrock. It’s a nice bright green, and I feel like I should have more of this color in my closet! My one disappointment with this shirt overall is how wrinkly it is. You can see in these photos how it looks towards the end of the day after wearing it while sitting at a desk. There are also a couple spots along the sleeve bands and hem where the fabric became pretty severely creased after washing and drying the shirt for the first time. I have another woven cotton shirt that I bought at Target years ago that has the same problem, so perhaps it’s just a quilting cotton thing? I’m not sure.
Nonetheless, these issues aren’t major enough to stop me from wearing my new top! I’d like to try making this pattern again in a non-cotton (or maybe cotton blend) fabric to see how the results differ. I think it would also look nice in something lighter weight like lawn or voile.
I made a shirt!