I cut out the patterns pieces for this top just under 1/2" bigger than the Large (the large was a size 36 - I of course am a 38). And could have probably left well alone and cut out the Large, and just not done the 5/8" seam allowance. I did end up taking in the sides to make it a little less tent like.
I've also decided that when I make it again (in either top or dress form) I am going to try and lengthen the bodice piece by a couple inches - we'll see how that one goes......
And then did not try it on before heming it (and just blindly cut it off where I thought would be good....). It's shorter than I like, but ..... live and learn and it's only too short if I raise my arms up above my head.
Fortunately for me, I have a tank top the same shade of green that I just wore underneath it.
I do like it alot - it was very comfortable and not restricting in the least! Which was my goal when I started this top. I'm pretty sure I could wear a long sleeved tshirt underneath it in the early spring/late fall days and it would still fit!
Now I'm wondering why I have been so leery of cutting into fabric to make myself some clothes. This top cost me about $7 in fabric - much cheaper and will last longer than anything I can find in the stores currently (and I'm figuring if this is the dress pattern I use, I can make the dress for under $20 in fabric - which definitely beats the $180 price tag of the 1 dress that I found that I liked.....).