This is the second top from my McCall's pattern. The fabric is Mali cloth that I bought from Weavers of the World a year or so ago. This time I thought I have a go at smocking from this pattern.
I cut out a dress, adding about an extra 18cm in the front and the back - a bit of a guess based on the first top I made from the pattern.
I also cut the neck binding a few centimetres shorter than the original top. It still fits over the head easily but comes a little higher on my shoulders.
It worked. I feel a bit like Mma Ramotswe when wearing it. It's been great in our current weather.