Kiwis and Australians may be familiar with Nina Proudman, a character on the tv show Offspring. I love the stylish version of boho that Ninas character seems to pull of so well. All going to plan I am hoping to emulate her just a little in my spring wardrobe and my latest top is the first in my plan.
The blue silk was a The Fabric Store sale find a couple of years ago. I love it but was a little daunted at the thought of making it up. Unusually for me, I didn't trial the pattern I chose to make it up in, instead diving in head first.
McCall's 7284 has not been overly popular if Google is anything to go by. I wanted to make view A. I cut the pattern to size 10 but after nearly completing it and trying it on, I found it was too tight across the shoulders and chest. I was a bit gutted to say the least. In my favour though, was the length of the sleeves, too long for my needs. To overcome my fit issues I did two things. I recut the sleeves with more volume in the sleeve cap and reduced my seam allowances to 1cm. The fit is now okay but there is definitely room for improvement.In hindsight, I should have really trialed this pattern on a less valuable fabric.
I really like the look of the resulting top and it works well as both a work top and for casual like I have styled it here. I do however find it a tad snug across the chest.