Okay...I think this is worth considering as a viable choice of design and color for the top. I changed to metallic gold thread and I'm really liking this. Its a triple stitch feather. I have several designs in this group that should work well. I'm thinking of doing an asymmetrical flow of the design from one side of the neck down to the other side of the center front seam. I'll be printing out the templates of the designs I'm thinking of using and doing a potential layout when I get the front seam sewn.
Again, you can click on the picture to get a closer look. These designs come from Susan Glen and can be found at Susanglendesigns.com.