In all actuality, I do not know how you keep up with all the demands. Maybe I can get to Ohio if you are coming again in October..................
Nor do I, everytime I have to crawl into the cargo van and know there is another 9 hours of driving...ugh. Now to her credit, Sandy does all the driving....part of the deal when she was hired...ya gotta love long distance driving...I used to do it, but after eye surgery...not so much. This is the time we pull together fashion shows garments...this top with this bottom and add this, I pass ideas for upcoming patterns past her, etc.
I don't see a time in Ohio this October, with the new Sewing Expos that have been added to the schedule, and a weekend lectures at a fabric store on the other coast of FL in November, my fall is filled. And, like the past (more years than I'll let on), I run away for the month of Sept, where no one can find me
As for the 'go to' top....it is really a combo of different sizes of the ABO shell. So it's a easy alteration. It's about 3" wider than the size you normally cut in ABO through the body so the air flows...add a vertical 3/4" of tissue half way between the shoulder at the neck edge and armseye to both front and back. The length of the 'go to' finished top is actually the length of the unfinished top in ABO...so add another 2" for a hem, then, once it's turned up at the 2" hem mark and stitched it will give weight at the hem for the top. Dip the hem 1/2" at center back and true it back to the side seams, just something I saw in a top once. I put hem vents at the sides of the hem. They are 1" at side seams, done like in EAC pants or MSS pants vents.
Neckline: Instead of a 5/8" seam, sew it at 3/4" or 7/8" and don't bother putting the tab at the shoulder...this is supposed to be down and dirty sewing.
Sleeves: I lengthen mine to 3/4, but that is personal preference. Taper them so they are about 10-12" at the hem. You will have to taper the sleeve sides from about 1" below the tips at front and back so you get the 10"-12" at the hem. Don't forget the 'turn of the cloth' so the 1" hem (you will need to add that amount) can turn back inside the sleeve.
Now you have to 'go to' summer top.
I'm off to drop more orders, till later, Louise