I have gone as far as I am going to go with the Paulina Top by Itch to Stitch. I am disappointed with the outcome of the mostly completed garment. Let me say that the pattern is a good pattern and I will make it again using a different size as well as different fabric.
Just a few quick comments about the issues with this pattern that we more mine than the pattern. I am so use to the Big Four patterns and using a size range from 14-18 that I did not do a more thorough review of the sizing and finished size measurements with this indie pattern, Instead I somewhat blindly went with a 12/14. This proved to be very, very large on me. Shame on me for not clearly paying attention to the finished measurements for this pattern. I also did not go by upper bust measurement as that would have produced a better fit all around.
With 20/20 hindsight and a closer look of the top on the model, I should have paid more attention to how low and wide the neckline would be. Again this is operator error and not the pattern; it was drafted just as it is shown. With aging decollete and neck, this low top seems to draw attention to that area and I don't want that attention there; it not so flattering. There are other fitting adjustments that I did not do and I think that going with a smaller size will address some of those.
The fabric was a pain to deal with also. Too fiddly.
I completed the top except for the hems of the bodice and sleeve. I decided to stop at that point as I will not wear this except as a top to wear around the house.
I am now on to my next project and with a long holiday weekend I hope to accomplish a good headway with the new project. I just need to determine what that project will be. Several ideas and fabrics, just need to decide. It will be for fall.
More later and I will take some photos of the top worn. Sometimes you need to show the good, the bad and the ugly.