There is a famous designer in the lagenlook sphere who does a top called the Pinwheel top. I bought one just before I started sewing again. It was the most expensive top I'd ever purchased and the second most expensive article of clothing besides my wedding dress!
I thought that anyone who could design something so nifty that I could not figure out right there deserved my money. Plus, once I have it, I could study it much more closely.
Which I did...
This is the resulting top!
Let me back up and show you the initial try.
This is a pique linen I snagged from a Fabric Mart sale. It is a little heavier than usually linen because of the weave - almost more of a waffle weave than pique.
I bought it in 2 colors to do a color block dress. I decided to try it in this top since it wasn't my favorite fabric and I didn't have anything to lose. Even tried the color block idea at the same time.
It's OK. I thought it a little short on the pinwheel portion.
This fabric is a cotton voile that also came from Fabric Mart (I think). I cut the pieces to take advantage of the striping. It was striped at the edges, but as you went towards the center of the fabric, the stripes lessened. It was a nifty piece of fabric and could have been any number of cool garments.
Anyway, here you can see the pinwheel parts held out. They are extremely hard to describe as well as photograph. Very neat in person!
The back has detailing with a below-the-waist inverted pleat, which you can totally NOT see because of the print.
Overall it's a fun top, light and airy, and I usually get positive remarks when I wear it. As it turns out, the original pinwheel top was merely a starting point. Tweak here, tweak there and now neither of these tops is just like the original - they are all my design! Perhaps I will make the pattern available for sale. Someday : )
Happy Creating everyone!