To that end, I present the Style Arc Issy top.
I agree, making it in a stripe does create a certain visual vibration.
The pattern was on sale in the Style Arc Amazon shop several months back. While it looks crazy complicated (ruching! pleats! cowl!) it is actually pretty simple. There are only 8 match points to get all this extravagance. Who’d have thought to tuck in part of the neck pleating into the armhole seam? Pretty cool!
Style Arc and I have a love/hate relationship with their sizing, so I wasn’t at all sure this would fit, but it does! I love it when a muslin becomes wearable rather than a wadder. On their more recent releases, they tell you what the ease difference is between sizes, which helps tremendously.
I will make one change on the next one, which will be leveling out the bottom. The pattern calls for it to be canted to the right, but my figure isn’t canted-bottom friendly. Certain parts should not be accented.