I'm trying to come up with some summer tops that look good with long skirts. I want something that doesn't emphasize the tummy, but doesn't look like a maternity top either. I think the key is to have a close fit through the shoulders and bust, but just skim the tummy. Also the top has to be just the right length. I think I've hit the sweet spot with this one.
The pattern I used is Butterick 5354 The skirt is this pattern.
In patterns, I usually run between a 12 and 14 at the neck and shoulders, a 14 at the bust, between a 14 and 16 at the waist, and 16 at the hips. My pattern is a size 12, so I started with that and made alterations. I like how it fits me.
Style alterations: I added a narrow band to the neckline and changed the sleeve length.
Originally I didn't care for this color, but I think it will be a good addition to my summer wardrobe. it looks good with this skirt that I usually wear with a black top.
The fabric I used is a light blue/gray knit from my stash. I've had this a long time and don't remember where I got it. I really like how it feels - very soft. It's a medium weight with good recovery. It was very easy to sew. I have a little over 2 yards left. I don't really want another top in the same color, so I may try dying it a darker blue.