If sewn per the pattern instructions, the neck ruffle would be quite twee, which I don't think would have looked right. The pattern piece is an approximately 8" by 4" rectangle that is folded in half and basted together. The piece is supposed to be cut 3 times and sewn together. I widened the ruffle by 3 inches, lengthed it by about 6, and cut it only twice; I cut the second piece in half so that the ruffle seams could be placed at the shoulder seams. Instead of folding the fabric in half to finish it, I did a narrow hem along the whole edge, which was super-easy and faster than it sounds.
I don't know how I feel about this top; at times I feel that I love it, but then feel that it's just okay. The pattern irritates me: it's a pull-on style, and to accomadate getting into the garment without a closure, the shoulders are wide - wider than the pattern envelope would lead you to believe. Because of the wide neck, it feels almost like an off-the-shoulder top, and that wasn't really the look I was going for. I think that's the slight hesitation I have about this one.
A lady today commented that she loved my top; I dunno, maybe it is a winner. How do you feel about it? (No offense will be taken if you think it's meh!)