My friend Jenny who must dream of fun, easy, fashions every night has another new pattern coming out that I agreed to test for her. This one is a cowl-neck top for women. It's made with a stretchy knit and I had been saving just such a knit for a fun dress, but decided to use some of it here. I thought about just making this fun top into a dress, but since I'm testing out the pattern, I decided to actually follow it. ;)
I couldn't believe the simplicity of this pattern. Jenny's mind works so differently than mine, I'm always amazed how she sees things so simply that seem confusing to me. Seriously, I had this top done in 45 minutes from printing out the pattern pieces to wearing it and that was with some machine errors when my Viking got in a fight with my stretchy knit.
Seriously--I love the base this pattern gives you. You could easily lengthen it to a tunic or dress length. You could alter the shoulder seams to adjust the neckline from cowl to ballet to off-the-shoulder. You could use a sweater knit for winter weather or a thin silky knit like I did for warmer weather. You could make it tighter or looser. You can add a belt or you could use elastic thread at the bottom to smock the waist and hips in tight.
And in a solid color, this top would be great under a cardigan for those in-between weather days.
I was given this pattern to test it for errors and for fit issues, and am in no way compensated to rave about it. But seriously--if you're wanting to do some fashionable garment sewing, start with Jenny's patterns. :)