Leaf Kimono Top
What's not to love? It's green. It's linen. It's lace.
It fits. You can wear it over stuff; you can wear it anywhere. Everyone
thought this was adorable.
Construction Note: The "sleeves" are rectangles which fold
over the shoulders--your arms come out the long edge (with a short seam
sewn under the arms) and the short edges are sewn to the top of the
front piece and the back piece. So the underbust seams you see in the
photos are actually the seams along the short edges of the sleeve
piece. Keep this in mind if I talk about lengthening the sleeve pieces
to drop the underbust seam a bit!
Sample garment si 37.5". In the magazine, it is modeled with about 5" positive ease at bust.
Her bust: 38"
0.5" negative ease
This top was meant to be worn with positive ease, but
on Erin, with just a bit of negative ease, I still think it is cute. I
think she would be happier with a larger size, maybe the 40", or even
the 45.5", which would give her the loose, kimono-like feel the
designer intended. Erin would probably want the underbust seam to be a
bit lower, so she would have to lengthen the sleeve piece accordingly
(see Construction Note above). Note that for Erin, we tied the
ribbon in back so that the neckline was narrower and the shoulders
stayed in place more easily. Erin probably would also want to lengthen
this by about six inches or so.
Her bust: 38.5"
1" negative ease
This makes a lovely maternity top, although I think
Katie might be more comfortable in the next size up. More length would
help cover her belly as the pregnancy continues. After the baby is
born, the 40" size would still fit Katie's normal 35" bust with a
lovely, loose drape. Katie might also want the underbust line to be a
bit lower, so she also might consider lengthening the sleeve piece (see
Her bust: 41"
3.5" negative ease
I love this! I mean, it's not being worn as the
designer intended, but even with All That Lovely Negative Ease, I would
totally wear this top, just like this. Oh, all right: i would probably
lower the underbust seam as described above. That would make it just
about perfect! However, if I wanted a looser fit, I could make the 40"
or 45.5" size. (I think at this point, I am just so delighted to be
able to wear things that are NOT loose that I might be going a bit
hog-wild with the whole negative ease thing.)