Yesterday I finished a new summer cotton top using New Look 6871, view D in the shorter length using just a single fabric. This was the second time I've used this pattern.
Fabric: Very old fabric from my stash of unknown origin - a quilting cotton. It was quite faded at the fold lines, so I had to seam the fronts and backs to hide that. And there wasn't quite enough fabric, so I pieced and seamed the facings and used a contrasting fabric for the bias armhole bindings.
Size: 14 for the yoke, 16 for the body starting at the underarm.
Construction changes: Instead of gathers on the front/back, I used gentle pleats -- 4 on the front, 6 on the back. No interfacing. I used this tutorial for the armhole bindings.
What would I do differently next time? 1) Cut a size 14 at the underarm, grading to a 16 at the hem. 2) Use a lighter weight fabric and/or lighter weight facing fabric (both yoke and armhole). Otherwise it's quite cool and comfortable for a hot summer day.
Finished Top (yes, I did iron it)
Contrasting Seam Binding (matches the thread better than the main fabric)