Fabric: lightweight cotton salvaged from an op-shop dress
I've been wanting to make a long-sleeved, lightweight top for Meg for a while now. When you live in the tropics, this style of top lasts all year - it keeps you warm in winter and protects you from the mozzies in summer. So this weekend I made up McCall's 5693. It has lots of gathering, both on the front and back, which keeps it light and cool to wear. It has a gathered pocket. It has a slit opening at the centre that I've closed with a heart-shaped button and loop. I also threaded ribbon into the button holes for a touch of grooviness (and to hide the not-so-perfect slit opening).
with tights shot
Overall, I'm happy with this pattern as it ticks all the boxes as far as a flowy, lightweight top that's comfortable to wear. I wasn't happy, however, with the instructions. I think the order of steps for the gathering, neckline and facings needs to be changed to achieve a more accurate and precise outcome. Things got a little bit messy in this area due to the order of the steps. I'll know for next time.
I will definitely make this pattern again and again. Now I just need to come up with a boy-option.