I went with a higher end quilting cotton thinking my chances would be better that way. I'm going to give this top a grade of "sort of OK" in regards to fabric choice. I think the main issue for me is the draping, or lack thereof.
Do you see the thing going on in the lower back? I didn't do a muslin and I forgot that I need to do a swayback adjustment to all Colette Patterns. It looks really boxy in the back and I think that has some to do with the lack of the swayback adjustment but a lot to do with the stiffer fabric.
The Colette Dahlia dress also sticks up at the shoulder area. I'm not sure if it's the same here, if I stretched something out, or if the quilting cotton is just stiff in that area. I did something very, very wrong when it came to attaching the bias tape to the front placket. I think the bias tape is supposed to encompass the front placket when you're done but mine ended up sitting on top of it.
My sleeve plackets are getting better. Another error occurred when I had way too much sleeve fabric compared to the cuff. That ended up being a second pleat at the wrist.
There is always a lot of discussion regarding using quilting cottons for garments. What is my opinion? I wouldn't use it for a loose top again. It's just a bit too stiff. I am going to try one more time to sew a Sewaholic Granville in a quilting cotton because it's a more fitted top. If I don't like that I will officially be in the "no" camp for quilting cottons, although I do maintain my love for all of those prints!
As for this pattern, I like it. It would be a nice, relaxed top in the right material. I recently saw a woman wearing an emerald green silk top with pleats along the chest. I'd like to try that with this pattern. Do you ever have the impulse to take pictures of people you don't know so you can remember the design details or fabric choice of what they are wearing?