I was on the fence about making this top (so many patterns to pursue, you know) but was inspired by Claire's versions to just go for it. Also inspiring was the prospect of using some those half-a-t-shirt-sized knits that like to accumulate.
This is an especially quick top to sew up since the sleeves are cut-on. Both the neckband and sleeve hems have bands. The hip is narrow, to allow the shirt to cling to the pants, creating the draping, slouchy effect.
It was fun to dig through those inconveniently-sized fabrics but, I have to admit, I ended up using one (the red) and creating one (the dots). Luckily one daughter wants a replica of this half-dotted shirt, so I can use it up then.
Oh, and the pants. I made a turquoise pair which suffered a partial waistband removal when I hiked them up from their too-big-waistband-and stretchy fabric-induced slouch position. Through my distress I saw their potential - and I'll be honest, I'd rather sew an entirely new garment than fix an old one - and stitched up a new pair. Yes, they're in a boring khaki twill, and are added to 4 other pairs of khaki capris I have stitched for my wardrobe, but you really never want to come up short on an essential garment, right?
I made two changes, and love them now:
1. doubled the height of the waistband
2. increased the amount of dart taken in the back and took in the waistband slightly.
Those were cheater fixes and I should have created a wider and curved waistband, which was the problem in the first place.
You'll be happy to know, the waistband is staying on the pants. I'm happy, too.
Hair action shot, ha!
Jay Cropped Pants: Ottobre 2-2012-18