Hello fellow Sewists and Makers,
Right on the heels of my apron pocket success I decided to make a top. I picked the Driftwood top because I liked the little keyhole detail in the neckline, the raglan sleeves, and gathered cuffs. I knew from sewing that there is a lot less fitting the goes into a raglan sleeve than a set-in sleeve. The loose flowy-ness of the Driftwood meant that it has a lot of positive ease so I really wouldn't have to fit it. It turns out I was right about all of that and more. The Driftwood is really a quick, "sew and go" top. I made it in a long afternoon. A lot of more experienced sewists could probably make it much faster than I did, but for an advanced beginner like myself it was a great project that left me with a feeling of success.
My only complaint about this top is that I didn't make my elastic gathered cuffs loose enough for my comfort level, so I am going to have to unpick those a little bit and sew in some "elastic expansion pieces". I assumed that they would be loose enough because I have fairly tiny wrists, but I forgot to take into account that I like to pull my long sleeves up to my elbows when I'm working, and the 7.25" of gathered sleeve cuff and elastic do not comfortably fit over my forearm. I'm not sure where I went wrong with the elastic, perhaps I sewed the two ends too closely together, didn't measure accurately, or it's just sized small in the pattern. Either way, it's a minor problem that will be easy to fix.
I'm not sure if I will make this top again. I like it, but I don't know if I like it enough to have multiple iterations hanging in my closet. All the pieces went into a folder with a small swatch and my notes, so if I do decide to make another one it will be easy to recall the details.
I loved the fabric I made it with though. It was my first time working with seersucker. It's so light and comfortable. I wore the shirt to the park with Sparrow on a hot summer day (ok, hot for Maine) and I never felt overheated or uncomfortable.
I did find the perfect button in my button box though! It's a retro style pin-up cowgirl wearing a red gingham shirt just like mine!
Anyhow, how about some photos?