I finally had the chance to go to the fabric store today. Since I got my bra supplies in the mail, I've been wanting to go in and pick out some good cotton material. I also wanted to have a look at the fabrics, and I picked up two remnants for $5 each. The first one is about half a yard of echino polka dot fabric. As with a lot of the great prints I pick up (especially in small quantities), I need a simple shirt to showcase the print. I've been playing around with my free GIMP software, and have put together a few samples. The fabric is a linen cotton blend, so it's also pretty stiff.
In putting these tops together, I'm trying to think of what types of clothes I reach for when I get dressed. When I go out with my friends, I want something fashion forward but also casual. As much as I love those cocktail dresses and even Mad Men 50s frocks, I go to bars, not country clubs. This top is two versions of McCalls #M6319. Its asymmetrical look toughens up the polka dots a little bit, while still keeping things fun and casual. I think I'd taper the sides a bit to give it a little form, and possibly even add the pleats from my Sencha top pattern. While it looks a little 80s on paper, I think it might just work.
The other options I played around with were from two Burda patterns. I think the neck pleats would be easy to pull off, but are a little more stuffy than the McCall's shirt--more of a work top than a play top. I also like the versions of the sleeveless blouse I've seen, but again it might be a little too done up.
Might have to keep playing with this one, but I do love my new GIMP toy.
Update: Been thinking how I can add shaping to this top. After my Rorschach Shirt came off a little boxy in pictures, I want to make sure I have some sort of waist shaping. I can make the side seams curve in, add princess seams, or do some sort of elastic, either a section in the back or at the sides. Decisions, decisions...
You can check out the final top sewn up here.