I actually bought this fabric back in February when I found it in the clearance bin at Joanns and I knew that I wouldn't have much time to engage in random fabric shopping once the new little one arrived. I even bought it knowing that someday I'd like to sew it up into a Tova top which in itself is miracle, because how many other times have I bought fabric to make something specific only to have that fabric sit on my shelf for months (or maybe even years)? Yeah, let's not talk about that.
Fortunately in this case, I actually got around to making the top...although truth be told, it almost ended up shoved in a corner for all of eternity. I cut out the recommended size for my bust measurement (a medium) and then tried it on after I'd sewn the inset and the front and the back. It was humongous! Don't believe me? Perhaps you'll believe Ben who, when I asked him how it looked, replied "great if you're planning on gaining 40 pounds." Not really the look I'm going for nowadays. So I unpicked the side and shoulder seams, laid the fabric on top of the front and back pattern pieces, and recut the sides and the armholes as a size small (the inset was already finished and serged so that just stayed a size medium).
Fortunately, cutting out a size smaller seems to have done the trick. I happen to love my new loose and comfy top....Ben, however, loves it not so much. He told me that he doesn't understand why I keep making all these oversized, non-fitted tops and so I had to sit his booty down and explain that:
1) I just had a baby. Does it look like I want to wear a bunch of fitted clothes?
2) If he'd like me to keep feeding his child out of my boob-a-las then he better get used to loose tops because you can't exactly pull up fitted woven tops to breastfeed.
And then a look of realization came over his face and he declared how much he likes my new top.
There, that's better.