Here I go again!
I sewed up two more versions this weekend, and I would have posted them sooner, but I had to wait for Andrea. My husband does not understand why I feel the need to take pictures of myself wearing a half sewn tank top...
Anyhow, the first version is made with a thrifted sheet, and will be a pajama top. This version has a larger bust adjustment, and I started with a sz 14 neckline, going out to a 16 under the arms. Then I did a larger FBA than before, and rotated part of the resultant dart down to the longer more angled dart. I hadn't meant for this version to have a pleat, and had cut that off the pattern piece, but when I tried it on I found I had too much fabric and the neckline was too wide for my liking (seems to be a common issue with this pattern). I plan to trim the center pleat in a little lace, add some lace to the bottom hem, and trim the neckline and arms in yellow or green bias. It'll make a nice enough pajama top.
I'm not happy with the deep pleats that form where the lower dart is--I probably either need to incorporate more fabric into that dart, or take out a second waist dart.
Also, I think my darts are pointing at least an inch too low, and my right shoulder may be lower than my left. And I need SOME kind of waist definition. Even in the back:
So, after this top, I traced the same pattern as used for the pajama top (it's close enough to right that I'm not going to risk destroying it!) and rotated that lower dart up to the shoulder, then cut that out in a linen I had laying around:
This is Andrea's favorite version. I'm inclined to agree. In this linen, I'd make the shoulder a gather instead of a dart if I do it again. But I think this one will get worn outside the house, if only to the grocery store.
The dart is still too low, obviously, since I didn't notice that problem until Andrea took these pics.
Here's the back, for good measure:
So, what do you think? I feel like I'm closer, and I'm learning what it takes to fit my body, but boy I wish I had a shirt I could feel proud to wear to work.