This top started off as Alabama Stitch T-Shirt Corset. I’d made one forever ago that included hand stitched reverse applique daisies.
While I loved the shape, it was a little low for me and a little too short on my extra long torso. So once I had resigned to the fact that I had once again made something that I wouldn’t wear due to fitting issues, I tore out all those hand stitched seams and used it to retrace the pattern (I had borrowed the original pattern/book from the library and no longer had a paper copy). I added two inches in the waist and raised the neckline.
Of course, somehow in the tearing and pattern making things got a little wonky: especially at the armhole (and a little bit at the hem). So I added sleeves to fix the crazy armhole gaposis. I actually used the short puff sleeves from Sense and Sensibility’s Elegant Lady’s Closet pattern. However, I decided I liked the fluttery effect of not gathering the bottom of the sleeve and applying binding.
Finally I added a little hand stitched fabric rose to the neckline for a touch of embellishment.
It’s still a little on the short side for me and the hemline is a tad odd, but the coolness of the fluttering sleeves and the cute rose still make this a top that won’t just hide in the back of my closet unworn.