I think it really is the raglan sleeves that are not for me... The idea of shoulder pads is good and I may well use this in the future - but not for raglan sleeves. I think while a round neck is okay (but low round neck - MrsC - I think more skin is better for me too) a wide round neck is not for me.
Love the idea of dying fabric but will probably start out playing with dying plain uncut fabric.
The comments that really sealed the fate for this top were:
"I suspect you won't pull it out of the wardrobe" - Sue you are so right! And after just doing a wardrobe overhaul I don't want to put anything in it that I won't wear.
"I know that you're more interested in making clothes that really nail your look" - MrsC - absolutely. This is a real journey to find "my look - my colours - my style" and this top ain't it.
"There is always the option of re cutting and using parts of it incorporated into a skirt" - Valerie - this is a brilliant idea and exactly where this top will end up.
Thanks everyone for your input. This is a real mission for me - after year of grabbing anything out of the wardrobe (black of course) and not caring how I looked, it is all an adventure and feedback is critical.
BTW - love the idea of bootleg trousers.. Does anyone know a plus sized pattern????