Sometimes you just want to make something fast and easy. And if all goes to plan it's a very satisfying thing to complete an item in one day or even afternoon. I am lacking in longer sleeve tops because I don't always see the point when we have such a short period of cool weather here in Brisbane. This top was a happy compromise in lightweight gingham and a 3/4 length sleeve.
I made some changes to a 70's peasant style blouse pattern. The neckline and bodice are basically the same but instead of the long sleeve with ruffle in the pattern I simply cut a shorter length which left the top with a wider bell sleeve look.
Once again I find myself saying that I should have added a few extra inches to the length of my garment. Looking at the pattern pictures this top is meant to be tucked into a skirt so it's not all that wide or long, so the shape does look a bit boxy. I would definitely add length and more width to this next time. I also added some ric-rac to the front for a bit of contrast.
Overall a very satisfying little make in one afternoon. A versatile base to make a few variations on the pattern.