I actually spent a week or so plotting out the process, playing with the pieces and visualizing in my head how things might work or might fail.
The linen I chose for facings, which matched the brown so perfectly, actually is so very firm that it won't lay down. And then, I had the bright idea to interface it! Silly me.
My mom promptly advised me how gigantic the linen rollers are that beat the crap out (tech term, ya know!) of the linen fiber as they process it to make fabric. She said, "it just needs to be hammered and beat up some more and it will probably lay down."
As you can tell, I'm not all that excited about this top. And that neck phooey is wacko. It feels weird on too! It kind of stands up. Great for a shirt collar, not so great for a neckline which lays against the body.
Mom & I were messing around with the idea of putting a button on the top to pull it in. Watch the video to see more. A button could be very fun!
My Dad actually had a really great idea too. He suggested a panel in the V opening that was lighter or of contrast that simply covered up the space. Nice idea, Thanks Dad!
It's thanks to both my parents that I am a bit more modest of a dresser. After a bit of life experience, I'm grateful that I prefer to leave more to the imagination at times. Though, the dance floor and dance costumes are my exception to that rule.
If you look at the photo below, you'll notice it qualifies for the TOENAIL check. If I can look down while standing or bending and either you or I can see my toenails, it FAILS. And this one FAILS BIG TIME! Like, crap man. I can see my bra, belly, toes and the CAT! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!
This is one of the first Bootstrap tops that I've ever had an issue on fit. Really! Of everything else, they all fit quite well. Though, everything else I've chosen does have a lot more seams or darts and leans more toward princess seaming which is excellent for adapting flat fabric to curved bodies. This shirt is pretty straight. There aren't even back darts. On a different shaped body with similar dimensions... say someone who had a flatter bum, but was the same hip measurement... this might look way more stunning.
On my body, it's just kind of bleah. Meh. Not anything to write home about.