I found this top in a catalogue (exactly which catalogue is escaping me right now...) and I thought it's cute, but overpriced. Plus it needs tweaking.
Pretty, huh? Well, first of all, I wouldn't want it to be sheer. Also, it was a bad idea on the photographer's side to have her wear that flowery top underneath. It makes it hard to see the blue top, which is the one we're concerned with.
Anyway, I want to adapt this into a knitting pattern, so I started thinking about what lace could go into those side panels. I started looking for lace. Bad idea. There were just too many options, and way too much pretty. I started setting aside all the ones I thought were possible good choices, but that ended up being most of the patterns I saw. I was paralyzed by the sheer volume of possibilities.
So! I'm thinking it shouldn't be too openwork, but not too not-openwork (dense?) either. Something with a simple, repeating motif, maybe, that would look nice set into this top. What do you think? Do you know of a lace pattern that would look awesome in this? Also, please include pictures and charts if possible.