Cute semi-sheer summery top

I totally knocked off one of the weird-looking model's examples from this Project Runway pattern Simplicity 3504.  I used a yellow/brown/white print instead of the black and white, but I used little dingle ball trim just like the one on the pattern.  I didn't add buttons--it didn't need them, I thought!  Haha.  It's not super cute buttoned all the way up to the crewneck, in my opinion; just needs to be a little more open.
Here's mine!
As you can see, it's a little wide across the shoulders.  This is another case of modern patterns not fitting as snugly as we expect them to.  Seriously!  Like, my measurements say I'm a 12, I cut out an 8, and it's still too big.  Do you have this problem?  I know part of it is because I use 1/2" seams instead of 5/8" since I don't like to waste fabric, but... come on!  Sometimes people like their clothes to fit, not look like sacks!

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  1. Cute! I like the dingle ball trim detail.

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  2. The pom pom trim is quite cute.

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  3. I feel your pain with modern pattern fitting. Such an awesome top! I love it! yellow is my favorite

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  4. yes!! i have the same problem with patterns. one thing i have found that helps is a dress form. now, although i really wanted one, i did not buy a $100 + form, i made mine with duct tape. you can drape your fabric on the form and get a more custom fit. instead of putting it on, trying to pin, taking it off without poking yourself a hundred times.

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  5. I'm enjoying this blog, makes me want to get out my old machine again....one of these days I will

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  6. I think we all have that problem, somebody told me the other day that patterns just have too much ease built in, but it makes it impossible to figure out what size to make!

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  7. I love the fabric you used, very nice!

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  8. Such a cute shirt and so hip!!!

    Patterns always seem to have odd sizing.

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  9. Ugh, I hate that about patterns. However, with this one you could add a cute large belt to make it look more form fitting.

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  10. I'm disappointed that so many STYLES are sacks lately! They're designed to fit poorly :(

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  11. i don't understand the point of having measurements for the different sizes on the back of patterns if those measurements in no way correspond to reality. why can't they just make patterns so that you measure yourself and then use the corresponding size, and then have a seam allowance of more like 3/8" or 1/2"? you wouldn't need such a huge seam allowance if you knew you were making the right size...

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  12. My mom always taught me to measure yourself, and then measure the actual pattern pieces in the appropriate places. That way you can self-adjust. I know this wouldn't work for more complicated fits, but it seems that it would work for a long-across-the -shoulders issue like this....

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  13. That fabric is absolutely gorgeous - the top looks wonderful.

    Yes, I have exactly that problem with the shop bought patterns - they seem to be cut to look like sacks (your top doesn't look at all sack like though - although I guess it would if you'd have gone with the right size). I've found that the Japanese pattern books give perfect sizing, that's well-fitted and cut very small. And actually, they're much better value at around 20 patterns for about £16...and it saves me from looking at the absolutely horrific illustration pictures that Simplicity use!

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  14. I totally know what you mean! The dress I made over the weekend was like 4 sizes too big, and then I had to take it all in and it was so annoying! Particularly cause it was the first dress I've made in ages and I put so much effort in!

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