Back in August I decided to focus a bit on sewing for me. First up - the Mariposa Tunic from Handmade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner. (I'm in love with this book by the way. I just wish I had more time to make every thing in it!) I was a more than a little intimidated and certain I would make a few mistakes so I made this first effort from some clearance Wal-mart fabric (so the whole thing cost me about $2 to make).
I read every comment and blog post that I could find then jumped right in. I found the pattern really easy to follow. There are lots of varying comments about the modesty panel and it's true - it will totally depend on your bust how it fits you. I had to take it up several inches but should have cut it higher. The chest fit well but the arm holes were huge, which is very typical fit for my body shape. I ended up having a friend help me put in some darts. In the end - I love this pattern and I love the fit. I plan to make another for post-partum wear (as a dress rather than a tunic). Oh, I used a standard (cheap) cotton and it was way too stiff. Next time around I will look for a much softer fabric.