Both patterns were sewn straight out of the envelope in a size 10, and both fit pretty well. I did make some changes to the top on my next version I need to blog, and removed some of the fullness at the bottom. But this one is as is.I love the opening in the back of the top and it doesn’t show bra straps. I figured out a much quicker way to make the opening with my serger and regular sewing machine. I just serged the seams and pressed up, then top stitched. The instructions in this pattern are very good, by the way. It’s a Learn To Sew pattern and really thorough for beginners. This version I made as the instructions suggest, with French seams and carefully topstitched edges at the back opening. Unfortunately I put my silk down on my dining table for a second and got something on it and now it’s stained…. The kids didn’t do a thorough wipe down after dinner. I’ll blame them. I don’t really like the top in this fabric that much for it’ s purpose here. It’s sort of too shiny for a daytime top. It was leftover form a costume project I made for the theater a couple years ago so what the heck. No money wasted here.I know I’ll wear these shorts a ton this summer. I bought this fun rayon woven fabric at Micheal Levine about two years ago and was happy to finally find the perfect project for it. There are lots of fun printed shorts in fashion this summer and I wanted a pair, too. I’m still tempted to add some mini pom pom trim to the hem. But maybe that’s too juvenile for someone in their forties? I’m on the fence as I LOVE pom poms. I love the pocket design which is only one pattern piece that folds over, and the double channeled elastic waist band.The top flares out a little too much at the bottom, giving a maternity look. I did some pattern work and removed four inches of flare for my next version, and also cut the bust in the next size up as it’s a little too tight and makes the blouse lift up in the front. I think if I wore the top with something tight on the bottom, it would look better. I like to wear something tighter on the bottom if I’m wearing something looser on top. Or vice versa. The lowdown: These are great patterns and I’ve already sewn up more versions which I like even more! Bring on the summer!
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