Tropical ruffle blouse

When I was little, I would carefully save the Easter eggs that were too pretty to unwrap. They would stand in my cupboard for ages and ages until finally I would give in and nibble on an ear. 

I think my approach to this fabric has been a bit similar. But with summer now palpably in the air, I felt like I could take the plunge and put scissors to it. 

An easy, breezy summer top was the order of the day, so I chose to make the Burda Flounce Blouse #124A (06/2016). I left the very bottom layer out when I constructed the pattern, partly because I didn't have quite enough fabric and partly because I wanted a more mod, cropped look. I finished the edges with a small rolled hem which adds beautifully to the flounce effect. 

I found that the sizing was quite generous, which means the straps sit a little too wide for my liking. Not really complaining, I think the overall effect is good and the small niggles could have been avoided if I'd made a toile first.

The pattern calls for elastic in the back but I forewent that option and just did a simple gather. The top is big enough to get over your head so I felt that stretch wasn't necessary, and the fit was snug without the elastic anyway. 

Well, there we are! Can't wait to float off to the beach in this one!