Cold Shoulder

Now that the holiday crafting rush is over, I can finally get back to some selfish sewing. Yesterday I decided I needed a fun new top that would go with a fun new pair of shoes that are waiting under the Christmas tree. In my mind, I wanted to find a shimmery sweater knit in a blue or pink, but since that was nowhere to be found locally, I searched my stash for something that was blue or pink…. I came up with this pretty blue doe print from Girl Charlee‘s Bolt. As for the pattern, I opted to go with George & Ginger’s Anniversary Top which has cold shoulder sleeves in a variety of lengths.

With one yard of fabric, I had enough material to make the ‘elbow length’ version of this design. Overall, the top came together very well, but the fit is just a hair off. If you blow up the photo on the right some, you’ll notice a few gathers around the bust – it is a bit tight in this area even though my measurements put me in this size (it may also be the fabric, but I found that the Bolt designs actually have quite a bit of stretch, so I really don’t think this is what is going on). The other issue I had was the length – it was way too long so I wound up taking off 1 1/2″, but probably could have shortened it a bit more.

The end result is a fun top, but sadly, I discovered the blue doesn’t really match my shoes after all. I’m wondering if anyone will really notice? As for the pattern, I will probably be making this one again, but one size up. I saw this pattern used with a panel that I recently purchased and it turned out so cute that I have to make it.