I was not crazy about the open sleeve version, the idea is interesting and could be attractive, but as shown on the pattern envelope it is odd looking. The feature I did like on this pattern is the way the gathers are done on the neckline, not as a drawstring but sewn into a facing.
Earlier this summer I saw this polyester fabric at Joann's and really liked the color. I generally try not to buy any fabric for garments there as they have such a terrible selection and quality is not very good, so my little protest is to not purchase any of their stuff. However I seem to go in there about once a week for lining, a specific thread or something else that I discover I need immediately. Most of my shopping is on-line or at Stone Mountain in Berkeley. Anyway - liked the color, and bought 2 yards as I decided my wardrobe is lacking in interesting tops. Then I ended up cutting out this dress which turned out to be a bit of a mistake. It just looked strange as a dress. the fabric is too slippery and the sash wouldn't stay in place.
But as a top I am really happy with it. Here worn with some long black shorts.
I think the patten called for a button or some other closure at the back neck, I was doing some very slapdash sewing on this project (in order to stuff in my suitcase) so I just sewed a little tab on one side of the back, and then used a snap. The way the shoulder straps are sewn on is clever, and creates a clean finish on the inside.
Up next, time to do some planning for holiday sewing. Last year I made a number of childrens' holiday dresses, velvet and plaid taffeta, but this year I am thinking of something different. Stay tuned :)
And here is today's SunnyGal Garden photo, crepe myrtle tree in bloom. I have 5 of these trees in my garden, they are beautiful July through September with the pink and lavender blossoms (and many, many leaves to clean up in Oct.)