I didn't buy a pattern, I figured all I needed was a bodice. I dug through old issues of Burda World of Fashion and I found shirt #106 from July 2007. There are several nice versions of this shirt reviewed at patternreview.com. Sigrid made a really special version with an origami-style front placket.
I cut a size 42, and added an inch in length at the waistline and sewed up a prototype to judge fit. I have tons of this mystery quilted fabric- it looks like nylon and it is stretchy (lengthwise and cross grain) with good recovery. The first version needed shoulder seams moved forward and I took it in all down the side seams. I think I'll get crazy and measure her next time I decide to sew for her. lol.
I cut the neckline into to a V shape and made facings for it. To stabilize the garment, I sewed twill tape to the shoulder seams, armscyes and neckline.
The fit is satisfactory. It looks great from the front and good enough from the back. Her back is very narrow under the shoulder blades, like mine, so I could have decreased volume there. But- since she needs to ride a horse while wearing it, I figured I ought to leave her some room to move :) It's dark gray. I think the flash washed the color out a bit.
And for me, I started a cardigan. Yay! This is a wool rib knit I bought in the summer of 2007. I almost used this in my SWAP last year. I have several coordinating fabrics, so I am very excited to have a capsule underway. I used Bernina My Label t-shirt pattern and cut the neckline into a classic cardigan V-neck. The front facing is just a long rectangle. Right now the front band is basted in and I intend to pick it out, sew the buttonholes and then re-attach it permanently. Also I plan to use the coverhem to straddle the seamline along the front placket.
This fabric has very little recovery. I have learned my lesson on how to deal with that!! Twill stay tape in every seam!
The fit on this is oh-so-comfortably snug but relaxed. I am really getting spoiled with clothes that fit! Off the rack clothing just can't compare.
More to come...