Hurray! It's finished! I paired it with the skirt I made here.
I haven't fitted it as closely as the dress as wasn't certain I'd be able to do the buttons up on my own if I did. I'm a little disappointed with the facings as the one on the front of the bodice keeps riding up at the moment, so might see if I can wonder web it down or something.
The fit is a lot better than this, but this is what you get when you can't see what you're taking a photo of and forget to check that it's all sitting nicely at the back. I did remember to pull my hair round so that you could see the back, so one point to me! Sorry it's a bit dark, wanted to get it done earlier in the day so I could have photos outside but I had a few technical difficulties with the buttonholes.
After getting very angry at the machine for chewing up the scraps I was practising on, I searched the web for some videos and realised that my manual for my sewing machine hadn't told me that I needed to use a special foot as well as the guide for buttonholes. A few deep breaths later and with some more practising I made all seven buttonholes on the top with the machine. A lot quicker than my alternative which was to make them all by hand.
I had fun choosing the buttons for this top as it meant I got to search through my button jar!
Look at all those lovely buttons!
I'm thinking of changing the pattern a bit next time and instead of buttons at the back I'm going to put a zip on the side. I want to make two more tops like this one, one out of yellow and one from orange cotton to go with the orange tree fabric that I want to make into a skirt. Really like this pattern and glad I tried the sleeveless option. Might need to do a wardrobe sort out now though as I've really got the clothes sewing bug! Are you addicted to sewing anything in particular at the moment?