As you may (or may not) have noticed, my Throwback Thursday posts aren’t coming at you every week now. I’ve decided to slow down because I’m running out of old projects to post and I feel like I now have quite enough content in the blog to keep y’all entertained. This is my 65th post in 9 months – I’ve been a busy little sewing bee! So now I’ve decided to post once a week as long as I have projects to share. I hope that works for you, too!
So enough with business, let’s get to the sewing! This TBT post is all about the Colette Sorbetto – a FREE pattern! I made this in the summer of 2013 with a polyester remnant I bought from SAS Fabrics.
The main thing that’s wrong is the placement of the darts. I’m not sure if I just sewed the wrong size or my boobs aren’t perky enough, but as you can see in the photo above, the dart is a good 3/4″ from the bust apex. That’s also a VERY long dart. Another issue is the armhole. It’s small so it’s wedged up in my arm pits like WHOAH, which doesn’t make it too comfortable. These “problems” seem easy enough to fix if you’re willing to tweak the pattern a little (or maybe go up a size or two…).
I also recommend NOT using a non-breathable, very hard-to-press fabric like a poly. In the Arizona summer, this gets very uncomfortable very fast.
I added a good bit to the length – maybe about 3 inches or so since I’m taller than your average woman.
This project is a first for me in that it was the first time I made my own bias tape. The black fabric is what I’m guessing is another polyester from WalMart, so it’s cheap. It worked out well enough so I’m happy about that.
One great thing I learned from this pattern is a neat way on how to apply bias tape. I use it for all of my bias-bound neck and arm holes now. I won’t go into detail about it here because you can easily read about it in the pattern, but I swear it’s awesome.
So all-in-all I give this top a “meh.” I’ve only worn it a handful of times and because it’s not very comfortable, I’m unfortunately going to give this one away in my first purge-of-the-handmades to Goodwill. I’m still working on the purge, but there will be quite a few makes that will hopefully make someone else happier. Plus, DD told me this top reminded him of Pebbles Flintstone. Once you see it, you can’t un-see it: