I've completed the bulk of the top: the main pieces are sewn together and the neck facings are all attached. I worked really hard to keep everything as neat as possible, French seaming the sides and ensuring the centre back edges were neatly turned under so no raw edges would be visible. This meant it took longer than I expected.
But... it's a bit tight across the bust. Not unwearably tight, but certainly noticeable, and the pattern shows it being loosish. On top of that, there's armhole gape. I can fix some of the gape with armhole darts, but I've seen people snobbishly say online 'screams home-made', making me feel bad even for having that as a fixing option.
A friend on Twitter said as I'm planning to lose the lockdown weight, perhaps I should put the project to one side till I've done that as it will alter the fit, and she's probably right. Part of me just wants to get the wretched thing finished and out of the way.
This is my first time making a bias-cut garment in a lighter fabric, and I've managed not to stretch the fabric out of shape during cutting or sewing.
I successfully dropped the bust darts – see, I did learn something from making my shirt dress! – and they sit really nicely.
The neckline's nice and even, even if it took me a couple of goes to get the facing right.
Even if the pattern is a loose-fitting one, I need to do a full bust adjustment. The Girls need breathing space.
Make a muslin. MAKE A DAMN MUSLIN!
The top's not unwearable. (I don't think I've made anything unwearable, to be honest, even if there are a few things I'm not 100% happy with.) It isn't going to come out quite like the one on the pattern envelope, but it'll look fine. I'm sitting here right now hating my body and half-tempted to grab my savings and find a boob surgeon to make them smaller, but as I always tell my friends who get down about their bodies, it's not the body that's at fault, it's the clothes. The biggest lesson of all that I need to take away from this is that I have to be realistic about my shape, it's not standard, and I have to take the time to do a proper full bust adjustment to patterns.
Anyway, I'm going to feel annoyed with myself for a bit, and consider whether to finish the top, or shelve it till I've lost some weight (and hopefully chest acreage).