This started out (in my mind) as a bird print sort-of-colorblocked top (does it count as colorblocking if one of the blocks is a print? Hmm). However, it quickly received a new spin when, on its first "airing" at a church function, one of our male friends mistook it for a Duck Dynasty print. When I told my husband about it, he said it looked more like a Dove Dynasty print than a Duck Dynasty print. He can't help being clever, you know. The name has stuck, and now that's how I think of it!
I used my basic self-drafted cap sleeve tee pattern for this top, changing it up by adding a curved yoke. I really though an all-over bird print might be a little much, and I'm glad I went with my gut. Both fabrics are from Girl Charlee.
The tee seemed a little baggy when I was done, but I didn't want to risk too much shaping in the side seam because the grey jersy isn't super stretchy. So instead, I opted to cinch in the waist in the back with a piece of wide elastic, zig-zagged to the shirt. I think it worked out rather well, and it provides just enough shape.
I think I reapplied the neck band three times -- once after that initial airing I mentioned. I just couldn't seem to hit the sweet spot, so the neckline was annoyingly floppy. Fortunately it's perfect now. My one regret? The first row of birds under the yoke is upside down, and it would have been better to have that very visible row upright. But I did make sure the rows lined up at the side seams, so that consoles me a little.
The only question is -- are my fowls actually doves or not? We'll just say they are, okay?