My latest creation is Butterick 5493, view B. What I think is cool about this top is it looks like a regular cowl neck, but it's actually a basic, straight-grain shell and has an extra little bias-cut collar piece to form the drape. This makes it take less fabric and less headache than a bias-cut top.
My only alteration was to add 1.5 inches to the length.
The gorgeous silk charmeuse is from Marisu Miranda Moda / Queen's Fabrics in Tampa. Um, wow, is all I can say about that fabric store. Incredible, and I could easily blow my savings there. The owner makes custom gowns and designs fabrics - she told me she designed this print and had it put on Italian silk charmeuse. She's my hero. I have some more of this fabric (I think it was a 1.5 yard cut) and am not sure what I'll do with it. I was planning to make a bias cut dress with it but decided I wanted to wear this beautiful fabric more than once a year.
Unfortunately, both I and my small photographer were having an "off" day today and didn't capture the full beauty of this top. Oh well, You can get the idea of the shape. Unless I wear it with very skinny pants or tucked into something, I'll be wearing this belt with it.
I wore it with white pants and a little cardi to church and got several compliments. I love the combination of simple pattern and show-stopping fabric.
That last photo was taken by my baby who is not quite 2. Lucky shot, I guess. :-)
My pattern review is http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&reviewnum=62681.