Not feelin' the love on this one.
I should be, after all it has three elements I look for in a casual wear-with-my-jeans-on-the-weekend top:
1) It's a knit
2) It has a scoop or v-neckline. This one has a cowl with is even better.
3) It has shoulder/sleeve interest
Like I said, it's not working out too well. A photo of the top in progress:
Here's my analysis:
1) It's a raglan style. Not a good look in a knit top for someone with my body shape (narrow shoulder combined with large bust).
2) The sleeve shirring is not visually widening the shoulder area as much as I thought it would.
3) It's difficult to see in the line drawings, but I found this to be rather boxy in shape. So far I took the side seams in by almost an inch each. I now find that I'll need to sew a shaped seam in the back and remove a lot of fabric - 6" inches or so - around the waist line to get more of the shape I'd like.
4) The instructions provided for the sleeve shirring didn't produce the best results. Next time I'd do it differently, but for now I'll just redo the right sleeve (the left one in this photo) so the gathers are more evenly distributed.
Even though I hate wasting time on something I'm not sure I'll wear, I'm just gonna crank this baby out so I can move on. Now that cooler weather has returned I'm eager to finish the Guy Laroche suit I began last spring.