|(Photos from bodenusa.com)|
I’ve never seen this top in person, but the shape and construction seemed simple enough. It’s a linen shell top, with neckline darts and facing, and an embellished collar that’s attached with topstitching. So, using a similar shell top, I roughly sketched the pattern. Knowing Boden items as I do (it’s my favorite clothing retailer), the top would have probably been fairly unfitted through the waist (and not flattering on me). So, I designed in some french darts in the front and back darts to shape the top a bit. It took several iterations of paper pattern, a true muslin version (not wearable at all!), and further alterations to get a reasonable fitted shell (and I’m still not happy with the back…). Made me wonder if all that time spent was worth the price of the top (it’s on sale right now…). However, in the end, I was pretty pleased:
My neckline is considerably more “boat-y”than the original (not entirely intentionally, I’m afraid, though I do like boat-necks), but I like the more fitted silhouette.
For the neckline embellishments, I used 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon and tiny buttons–no necklace needed with this top!