This is the second time I sew the Esme top by Meg of Sew Liberated, and I'm less pleased than with my first go. Yet sewing this fairly easy pattern again taught me a lot about how different fabrics drape.
My first Esme was a size 10, in a heavy cotton fabric, and it's a little too loose-fitting for my liking. So this time I decided to make it a size smaller, and in a lighter fabric which, I reasoned, would drape better and make up for the amount of ease in the design. But I was wrong.
It turns out that the stiffness of the heavier fabric gave this loose-fitting top some much-needed structure, and this second Esme, which I made in a silky, lawn-like fabric, fits oddly, and is too big even though it's a size smaller. The scooped yoke, in fact, tends to "open out" and slip off one shoulder, and the body hangs limp and shapeless.
I still get a lot of wear out of it, because I do like the style and find it very versatile: I wear it layered over a long-sleeve t-shirt when it's cooler (as in the photos of my first Esme), or alone when it's warmer. I may still have the size wrong (remember, I had trouble measuring myself against the American chart), and probably need to make a third Esme, this time in size 6 with a medium-weight fabric ...
And so the self-taught sewing course continues!