Goal #1 from my 13 in 2013 list:
Design something new every week in January (for Spring), March (for Summer), June (for Fall), and September (for Winter).
Design #2 (week of Jan 6-12)
(Confession: I actually designed and sketched this a few weeks ago.)
Frilly Blouse/Sweater with waist tie
I love wearing shirts which emphasize the natural waistline for 3 reasons:
1. Convenience: with something tied or fitted to my waist and loose at my hips, it doesn't move much when I sit down or stand up. As a woman with a long torso, I usually have to adjust my shirt when I stand up, but not with a shirt like this!
2. Comfort: When I don't need to adjust the length of the shirt, it fits properly all over. If it's long enough to reach my hips, I don't have to make it stretch around my shoulders and bust. Yay!
3. Attractiveness: Every women's figure looks good with an emphasized waistline! While I dress (and create clothing) modestly, I do like to look good and flatter my figure. Who doesn't?
This top is moderately fitted at the natural waistline, and has a waist tie for further emphasis (and cuteness!).
The frills/lace/ruffles down the middle add a feminine touch, while the higher neckline establishes professionalism.
As a cotton blouse, the sleeves are 3/4-length, perhaps with small cuffs, and the ruffles are of cotton or lace.
As a knit sweater, the sleeves are wrist length, possibly with a rolled cuff, and ruffles are of the same material.