If you are a sewing blogger like I am, you probably haven't been able to escape the mania around the Sorbetto top, a free download from Colette Patterns. Everyone who is anyone has been making variations of this cute top, from Did You Make That to Sew Weekly. And then you can see a whole lot more of them over on Flickr.
I could have made this too with a FBA and a few alterations and additions to the seams. But I know what looks good on my shape, and I had concerns that the Sorbetto wouldn't suit me. So I went my own way.
Enter Simplicity 2938.
I thought I had this pattern already, but it turned out it was on my wish list. So yesterday I bought it in order to make this top (B).
Sleeveless? Check. Pleats at the neckline? Check. Flattering to the bustline? I had high hopes.
I ploughed through my fabric stash auditioning possible fabrics for a muslin. Something cheap and dispensable, but not too nasty that I couldn't use it as a wearable muslin if it all worked out.
This was a quick sew. Within 30 minutes I had it to trying-on stage. I should probably admit here that I couldn't see the point of the side zipper, so it doesn't have one. Here's where I point out the adjustments I needed to make.
The armhole was gaping badly, the bust was too snug, and it was also a little tight across my hips. So I did a little taking in on the underarm seams, and let out some seam allowance on the other problems areas. And then did a lot of unpicking.
Much better! An hour had passed by this stage. Time to add the neck facings and the (red! It's all I had!) bias binding for the armholes, and hem it. All that took another 40 minutes.
And here we have the finished product. I'm so happy with this pattern - I definitely got a wearable muslin out of it.
The fabric is a little questionable, as I suspect it is a cotton/polyester poplin (I purchased it at Big W a few years ago), but the scottie dogs are very cute and it will be the perfect warm weather top to wear in summer. I already have plans to make a few more, and I'm even going to adjust it slightly to make a bodice for a tea dress I have in my head at the moment. I'm so, so excited by the idea of my tea dress!
Stay tuned for that one! Unless my head explodes first!