When tracing the pattern, I traced off a 12 at the shoulder and high bust, did a cheater FBA by grading out to a 16 for the boobage and below. It is too big. In the first picture, I had already taken up extra large seam allowances and pinned even more out at the bottom of the armscye.
|Lots of extra fabric without waist definition.|
|Pulling up the excess.|
|Pulling up the excess from behind.|
It's also a little large in the shoulder - it is pinned in these pics. Most of the excess is due to my pattern adjustments. Better too large than too small. I will adjust the pattern to narrow the shoulder a smidge, move the princess seam toward the arm 1/2 inch, take up the side seams, and reshape the lower armscye. I will then fit as I sew, adding shape at the front and back princess seams.
I am a little torn about underlining. Marisu had the great suggestion of not lining it, so that I can wear the lace over other colors. I think I will defer to her expertise, and if I don't like any of my black cami's under the top, I can make a duplicate in black Bemberg lining, and take a couple hand stitches at strategic spots to keep them playing well together. That will give me flexibility to use the lace top over other colors.
By the way, I will do a full review later on this pattern, but the short story is that it is a well done pattern.
More later in black lace...