Ruched Sleeved Spring Top

Last Spring, when I was just drooling over sewing blogs and wishing I could pull it together and have my own, I came across Made By Rae‘s Spring Top Contest.  Have you heard of it?  You should go and check it out. 
Anyway, last year I discovered it when it was in the voting stage, and wished I could have entered something, but it was too late.  🙁
So this year, when I found out she was doing it again, I was excited to come up with an entry!
A while ago, on a trip to the LA Fabric District, I found some really interesting fabric at the FIDM Scholarship Store.  All of the fabric (it is hit and miss) is only $1 a yard!  Crazy.  So I found this fabric, and when I was thinking of the type of top to make, I decided it would be perfect for a loose blouse.

The pattern is basically a square, with a neckline cut out.  Super easy and basic.  I added a few darts to the neckline for detail:
For the ruched sleeve detail, I gathered two sides of two long strips of fabric laid together.  I sewed it over the arm holes, and bound the edges in bias tape that I made with a basic little bias tape maker.
On the back, I sewed two little 1/8″ elastic pieces to the inside of the shirt at the waistline:
(It really isn’t crooked in real life, I promise!)
Simple top, but I like the few details and how comfortable it is!