Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sorbetto Top

Pattern:  Colette Sorbetto, free
Mods: Lengthened it by 3.5 inches
Fabric: Some kind of synthetic, 2pounds/ about $3
Notions: me-made bias tape, fabric leftover from the owl quilt
Time to Complete: several hours in snippets
...and?:  I love it!

I've been in love with this fabric ever since I scored it in a sale bin while shopping with Debi in Edinburgh last year. The fabric was an awkward shape: a very short cut of a wide bolt, so that means I had to fold it the wrong way and not cut it on the selvage. I was worried about how this would make the top hang, but it seemed to work out just fine.

Sophie supervised the cutting out

I had a great time making this, in little bits during naptimes. While my last experience making bias tape was kind of a fail, this time I found the repetitive and quiet nature of it to be therapeutic. It's made from the scraps of my favorite print from the (yes, still unfinished) baby quilt.

I'm thrilled with the result, although there will be some modifications to the pattern before I make it again. The top vastly underestimates how pear-shaped I am, and while my lengthening it worked well, I need to move the straps in somehow since my shoulders are narrow, and bring in the waist some.

While I won't be able to wear this summer top for a while yet, it has not been retired to my closet. It's hanging in the sewing room, and I smile every time I look at it! It's good to be back on the wagon.

And now, what you really came for:

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