Of course it is all fun watching the pin boards of all those cute ladies wearing those cute knit crop top that look like a second skin on them. I wanted that too, but I wanted the fabrics to match.
- Initially, I had already known that I planned to widen the lower band considerably. I knew I wanted it to hit "that level" just above my navel. So this was my first order of business, I widened the band by 2 inches.
- Next, of course was to add additional "top" coverage, thus, I did the simple pivot-slide method of adjusting the pattern to give more coverage over the top of 3/4 inch and a little at the bottom. However, next time I won't put the whole 3/4 inch on the lower half, it was not needed.
- I increased the coverage of the back piece by the same amount at the upper edge. I wanted the coverage more substantial under my arms and around my back, to give it more of a crop top feel and not a "bra" feeling. There was a slight curve in the pattern coming from the back to the front that I trimmed off in order to give the top a more gradual transition under the arms, otherwise the fabric was collapsing on itself there.
- In the center front, I took out a dart wedge at the lower and upper center front seams in order to cause the cups to curve in at the center.
- The pattern requires the center front seams be gathered to 3inches before sewing them together, yet because I was aiming for fuller coverage, I only gathered to 4 inches, considering I had already added an additional 1.5inches to the cup at the top and bottom.
- As for the straps, I added the length to them initially, but removed that same length when finalizing the fit. Better to have too much than not enough, right?
This is a really cool top!!! I have so many ideas for this here pattern. What took simplicity so darn long to bring this one back!!!