I was picturing myself in that lovely flowing tunic with the graceful pleats down the side. When it came down to making it, I realized all the fabric would drown my 5'3" frame. Still picturing flowing tunic with pleats though, I made view D: straight hem below the hip with 3/4 sleeves. I purchased a festive peachskin for the fabric. It has a nice drape without being heavy but enough body to hold the pleats.
I cut a size 18 and used a size 20 sleeve to give the biceps plenty of room; the 18 would have been a tad snug. I thread trace the pleat lines which went surprisingly quick. The directions were easy and clear and the project just flew along. The tunic is very long, even this "shorter" one. I had to cut 3 inches off the hem to get it to hit just below the hip.
The top is very pretty when I'm standing still, but how often do we stand still? I couldn't even get still pictures as the wind was blowing (sun in my eyes too). As a result I look very preggers ( and grumpy) I think. Why I did I think any kind of pleating would hang off a 38" bust properly? Duh. The print may be just a little to busy and festive for this top. But the fabric did sew up and press nicely.
I'll have to say I don't think this one quite worked well for me. I may still wear it about the house; it is quite comfy and loose. I won't be sewing it again. I still have to blog about the cotton voile top. Will do that as soon as I can get a picture with it. On to the next project...Happy sewing