I didn't expect to like the HotPatterns La Strada top as much as I do. After tinkering with the fit a little-- doing a SBA and shortening the length and sleeves a bit, I ended up with a perfect little pattern that I can whip up an elegant top from in about 2 hours. The creation of this garment was greatly speeded up by watching the very convenient tutorial video provided by Trudy, the pattern designer!
With just a minor adjustment in narrowing the hips, I used the same pattern to make my daughter one for her birthday. In the back view photo, you can see the ruching on the back neck, which is a nice detail you don't see often in sewing patterns.
Here is the first version. I just love this color--reminds me of café creme, warm and comfy. But unfortunately it doesn't do much for my skin tone. I will probably just wear it around the house.
|The muslin which got cut down a few times in attempting to get a closer fit.|
|Version in printed cotton interlock, light and summery|
|Version in solid cotton interlock, attention-getting hot color!|
|Version in purple rayon knit, extremely sexy drapey|
|Daughter's version in canteloupe-colored rayon knit|