lucky me- i seem to be on a roll today. after much study of the japanese pattern #15 in 'every day' and with a bit-o-help from my learn to sew book i was able to complete the top just in time for austin city limits.
here are some of the bits and pieces spread out on my fancy sewing table (the floor) not long after that i had halter top. to the right is the completed top from the back side. and below is the top from the front.