Let me tell you guys, I love this top! I’m not sure what makes it so great, the pattern or the super soft rayon fabric. I can’t get enough rayon in my life, I might be getting a little obsessed! Not only is rayon usually a lovely fiber to work with, but it is also (usually) pretty affordable. I could go on, but I digress…
I really enjoyed this pattern! M7388 has a flattering cut, especially for some like myself who has been growing a sizeable food baby for pretty much my whole life. I made up view C, which is the most simplistic style of the four. With the right material, the skirt is super swingy and flowy but not too much and the neckline is a v-cut that would flatter any size bust. I’m also a huge fan of empire waist lines! I’m adding a dress version to my project wishlist because I think it would look so good!
The construction was pretty standard. The only deviation I made from the instructions was in attaching the raglan cap sleeve to the bodice. I just stitched it together and serged the edges like a normal. The result is not as pretty as it would have been had I followed the instructions (They wanted you hand stitch the lining to the sleeve to hide the seam allowances). However, I’m glad I didn’t do that because I ended up having to take it apart to reduce some gaping in the neck line. That brings me to my only regret, which is easily fixable for next time around.
This pattern comes with different cup sizes all the way up to a D cup. I, however, am a DD. My thought process on deciding on what size to make when a little like this… I’m a DD, these patterns are normally drafted for a B, how bad can it be to just use the D sizing. Well, I was wrong. It didn’t turn out completely horrible but I did get some serious gaping in the neckline that I could have prevented. Luckily I was able to fix that by adjusting the seamline connecting the sleeves to the bodice. The armholes also ending up sitting a little lower than they really should, but I didn’t think it was too noticeable so I let it go. Anyway lesson learned, being lazy and skipping an FBA is just not worth it. I did also make a small 1/2″ sway back adjustment which worked out perfectly!
And finally the wonderful fabric I was gushing about earlier! I got this soft drapey rayon at the Hancock liquidation sale. I think this may be my last item from them. So sad to see them go… My only complaint is that it frayed easily, but that’s nothing that I can’t handle.