|Pattern:||Sorbetto Top by Colette Patterns (free pattern) with lots of alterations|
|Fabric:||floral cotton poplin from my stash|
|Details:||bias cut fabric, inverted pleat, flat-felled seams, bias bound openings|
|Fitting Alterations:||– lowered and shortened bust darts and slightly shifted them to point upwards|
– cut armholes much much lower
– lengthened by 8 cm
|Style Alterations:||– made an inverted pleat|
– lowered front and back neckline
– changed width of the straps to about 4 cm
– took out some width in the hips
|Make Again?||Yes, definitely!|
|Notes for next time:||lower back neckline some more, maybe add darts to the back neckline|
Sometimes, when you’ve been working hard for weeks and weeks and there’s still no end in sight, you just have to stop whatever you’re doing for an evening and just sew something quick and easy to keep your sanity.
This is what happened to me mid-August. I was exhausted and I needed a reboot. So despite all odds, I took one evening off from work for a date with my sewing machine. I knew I wanted a quick one-evening-project and Sorbetto came to my rescue.
Whenever summer is around, I’m constantly reminded of my lack of easy summer clothes. I have a total of four pairs of shorts, two of which have paint stains and one was bought when I was 17 years old. Things look equally bad on the shirt front.
Colette Pattern’s famous free top pattern had been on my sewing table before and I recalled some fitting issues so I started with a quick muslin from old bed sheets. And then ended up altering almost everything. The bust darts were super long and sat too high, the whole thing was too short and the overall shape of the neckline and the straps didn’t really strike my fancy. Oh, and ever since I discovered Erica’s lovely version I knew, I wanted to give the inverted pleat a try. It just looks so much more elegant than the regular version!
So I ended up altering the pattern almost beyond recognition, but now I have a new summer top that I just love and don’t ever want to take off. And isn’t that the whole point of sewing after all?
The fabric is a floral cotton poplin that I got from the remnant bin at a local department store last spring. Poplin is not as drapey as bastiste or rayon, so I cut the pieces on the bias to get the most drape available. The result is just fine. It could be a liiiittle drapier, but the fabric doesn’t have a life of its own and behaves nicely, so it’s alright.
As recommended, I finished the neckline and armholes with bias tape in the same fabric. For a fun little detail, I used candy-striped bias tape on the hem.
Making this top was so incredibly relaxing! I love longer projects, but sometimes a small quick project is just so nice for instant gratification. The fit is nearly perfect on this one now, so it might become my tried and true pattern for tops. On top of that, this top goes nice with so many things in my wardrobe.
I love how its floral and feminine but not too girly and “cute” – the latter is kind of a curse word for me. It has already gotten a lot of wear – even now in autumn it’s great layered over a long sleeved shirt, paired with a cozy cardigan.
How are your sewing plans coming along? Do you have any preference of small over big projects or vice versa?