Summary: Simplicity 5683 top, straight size 10 (usually make a 12 and add on for waist and hip) with a small bust adjustment, brushed cotton with lycra left over from the Duro of two posts ago.
I made this pattern a couple of years ago (flutter sleeve version) out of linen, and I wear it as often as I iron it… I had intended to make another one out of the mint rayon I have in the queue for a dress – hoping there’s enough for both! But since I had some cotton leftover from the Duro, I jumped the gun a little.
Second bit of inspiration came from the sleeve of Ysolda’s Posie Cardigan – I was contemplating whether to buy her pattern, or use the concept in another knit top, when somehow it got crossed over to this sewn top with it’s puffed sleeve version.
I decided to go with a slit rather than a circle – much easier to sew! I used the same method that is used for men’s dress shirt sleeve vents. The “slit” was actually a triangle, 2″ wide at the base and 3.5″ long (the binding then took up another 1/4″) cut into the middle of the sleeve.