Allow me to introduce Number 2, The Blinder:
I was tempted to make this blinding little white number when I saw Erika B.'s version. When Anne of Pretty Grievances used her magic to grant me temporary membership to the Erika B. club, I really thought I should get myself sorted, and was happy to find a suitable piece of fabric (stretch pique, I believe, from Tessuti Fabrics a while back) in my stash.
And sorted I am! I am extremely, silly-smile, lightheaded happy with this top - I just love the clean look of the top and the sharp tight lines of the bodice, letting loose into a crazy crisp peplum. Crumples like mad of course...
The top is as before with my original Troubadour top, but made with a bit more ease all over. I added facings to the neckline (finished neatly then hand-stitched to the zip seams and shoulder seams), and a facing to the peplum - this because I wanted weight in that curve, and I wanted a super-neat finish with no annoying puckers. This too is a hem that is hand sewn, as are the small sleeve ends. And instead of doing a little light gathering of the sleeve heads I made little pleats there.
Although this has taken me a while to (hand)finish and post, it feels like a move in the right sewing direction for me. Since I don't throw things out often, I don't really need new clothes; if I'm making more I should be taking care to make things I really like.
PS in case you're wondering why there are no words, pictures or cute smiles edited onto these photos it's purely due to the lateness of the hour. I know I've been away ages - thank you so much for sticking with me!