The top didn't fail because of the pattern, it was all operator error. The first and biggest mistake was the fabric. It looks oh so pretty doesn't it? I got it from Fashion Fabrics Club and have found them to be a hit or miss in their fabrics. Some things are great, some things leave a little to be desired: not quite as described or too thin. That sort of thing. This was described as poly crepon. What the heck is that? I had no idea but decided it was so pretty I decided I'd buy it anyway. Total dork attack. It arrived as a polyester, wrinkled crepe fabric 60" wide. After the washer and dryer, however, it was about 47" wide! I figured an unstructured top might be best as it was too thin for a skirt and I had another skirt in similar colorway planned.
I cut a size 20, my usual these days, with a C-cup and used the tulip sleeves. When I pin fit it, the neck was too high for me. I lowered the neck by scooping it out 1 inch making a new matching facing (my first time. Yay! It came out correctly.) I also did a narrow shoulder adjustment, despite there being a back shoulder dart. This, too, is normal for me. I'm just short enough that the length was good for me without being cropped.
The End Result: it grew! It's still too wide in the shoulder and way too wide in the body. The neckline is slightly too wide, even though I didn't do anything to that. I'm swimming in the tulip sleeves. They're just too much fabric and come down below my elbow at the inner arm.
Lesson Learned: I still like this pattern and still want to sew a manageable version of it. I need to use a stable fabric, though. I could stand to go down a size I think width-wise. It literally swallows me whole. The C- cup works well; the dart was in the proper place. The tulip sleeves are lovely to look at but not to wear. Next time I will a more formed sleeve. Either View C or D appeal to me. I'll need to double check that shoulder width next time, too, to see if it was fabric vs fit. So I still come away with I think a very workable pattern. I just need to incorporate the lessons learned. Now to find the right fabric. :)