I'm using the same 100% cotton lawn Sevenberry Japanese fabric from Fabricana that I used last time, but this one has a white background (instead of navy blue). Here's a link.
I think this top would be much better with some better styling, but we're in a heat wave, and I just can't do it. I envision this top being worn with my nave blue ponte Sabrina Slims pants by Love Notions, and a navy cardigan (maybe something like the Blackwood Cardigan by Helen's Closet).
The above photo angle is a little misleading, but the bust dart could be moved up just a bit from were I moved it...actually with the size 14 C/D, I might be able to move it back to its original position. For some reason it appears that the dart doesn't go within 1" of the apex of my bust, but it's pretty close in 'real life'.
A shot from the back (love those crisscross straps!) -
I decided to change up my technique for all of that stay stitching. I basically "chain pieced", so I didn't have to cut the thread after the stay stitching on each section. I think it reduced the time and tedium of the process nicely.
For next time, I need to be more careful about getting the proper angle at the top of the crisscross and have help with the pinning and placement of the bottom of the crisscross. I think I might have sewn the crisscross at the wrong angle for the first version I made of this top too...oh well! It isn't super noticeable when I'm moving around, more so when I'm taking still photographs.
Now that it's all finished, I'm happy to say that I'm quite happy with it. It's just short enough that I can wear it with shorts without there being any question that I am wearing something on my bottom half. It is a bit more billowy than it needs to be at the bottom though. If my fabric were more drapey, it would work better, but to me, it just looks like there's a bunch of excess fabric around my hips.
I think I'll only grade out to a 16 for the waist/hips next time. I can't believe what a different fit experience I'm having with this shirt vs the Springfield.