Then I discovered a wonderful online pattern (my kind of easy pattern) for a "round neck top" by "that darn kat." I actually really hate to buy patterns--I'm too cheap. I always think I can figure it out on my own or find a free one somewhere, but neither of those happened and I still wanted my yoke collar shirt. So, I paid my ten dollars and within a day had my first sweet top completed. I love this pattern. It was so easy to follow and the assembly was like magic. Looking back I don't see how it took so much of my brain power to try and figure it out--it seems so obvious now. But that ah-ha moment when I learned how to attach the collar was sure worth my ten dollars. I've since made two more tops and one in the process. And a friend was able to alter the pattern for an eleven year old girl.
It will surely be a staple in my pattern collection. Louisa has been asking for one for herself--looks like I'll be sewing well into the summer.