This is my first top for 2014 and hopefully is an improvement on the first version (in a grey and white print below). I did improve on cutting out the fabric, so that there was no embarrassing, misplaced pattern pieces that had to be re-cut and I had enough fabric to cut out the cowl neck.
I amended the pattern from my previous alterations, by lowering the pattern above the elastic by 2 cms all round and the centre front by a further 2 cms, I lengthened the sleeve, increased the shoulder seam allowance to give more fit wriggly room and added to the front skirt panel the amount I had to patch into the first version because I forgot to make allowance for the full bust adjustment. My mum helped pin fit the shoulders to eliminate the fabric pulling forward as in the first version.
I like the colour and print of the fabric, the gathers and stitching on the sleeves are better and it does look like the pattern. However, I preferred the way the skirt panel of the first version lay closer to the body. This version is a bit static and makes me feel big and a bit frumpy plus Mr S is not a fan of the cowl. I will wear it a few times before I make a final decision as to whether I like it or not.
I might try a top with set in sleeves next time.