Somehow one day I stumbled on the Fly Away Blouse from Anthropologie.
I thought it was lovely.... and expensive. Then I thought: I could make that!
I grabbed Collette patterns Free Sorbetto pattern and I got to work with a lovely piece of Radiance Silk/Cotton blend.
But try as I might... I could not get this silk cotton to pleat like that! It just didn't want to do it; the fabric didn't drape right and stuck out in weird places. So after an hour of trying my hardest, I just slapped an inverted pleat on there and finished it!
I think it'll look a little sharper (and fit across the bust better) when I wean the boy... but I love how soft and airy it is and the fit of this pattern is lovely!
I added a 5 strand flat braid to the neckline.
Then rather than seaming up the braid I made a little loop in the back and covered it with bias tape.
I love it! I think I'd like to make a dozen more.
And for those of you seamstresses who stop by here and are much better than me: Did I need to make a full bust adjustment or add length before the darts? I have an extremely low bustline b/c my torso is over half my height. I added 3.5 inches to the length of the top to get it to hit at the hips, but I added at the hem.