I wanted to show one more of the Laurel tops I had in the works. It is a linen version. The top part of the shirt was cut from a thrifted linen sheet and the bottom was cut from a big linen dress, the buttons were from a thrifted dress. The lace was given to me by my Mother in Law (thanks Dixie!). I've really wanted to use a lot of my notions lately and this was a perfect spot to highlight them. You can't tell from the picture but the buttons have butterflies on them.
This is what I discovered about drape and weight of fabric with the Laurel pattern...
Linen: The linen top is a size 6 (a perfect fit for me) and it felt comfortable in linen, although the drape wasn't as pretty as the rayon. I did fudge the back a bit because I cut the back on the fold but forgot to omit the seam allowance, nothing that an extra seam couldn't fix. The sleeves are drafted longer and have elastic at the cuff to mimic a peasant blouse. The linen stands out more from the body but has a pretty, classic shape with the pattern.
Rayon: I found that the Rayon (below in a size 6) has draped the best for me.
Cotton: The gingham (cut in a size 4) is a shirting weight and like a lot of medium weight cottons it had a tendency to stand away from my body more and look (of course) more structured. This was a size too small for me but perhaps it will fit after I stop breastfeeding. I made the size 4 based on a rayon muslin and quickly learned that the rayon fitting did not translate to a cotton fitting. The rayon has a tendency to give more and stretch out during construction therefore it can alter your results and its even more important to stay stitch while you sew.
This has been a fun experiment for me and really solidified the idea that matching pattern with the right fabric has a big impact on how much I want to wear the garment and the look of the finished product. The Laurel is a pretty quick pattern to sew up thats why I was able to crank out so many and when I finally got the fit right it was a pleasure to sew knowing that the fit would be flattering as well! I see myself using the pattern many more times in the future.