After writing down that title, I first had to go and get a popsicle - we're just having a couple of nice, hot& sunny days in Berlin!
I'm sure you've seen the free Sorbetto Top pattern download over at Colette Patterns, since it has been out for a month already. I think it's great that Colette has such cute patterns as actual free downloads! Anyway, when I first saw it, I was sure that it wouldn't be very flattering for my figure, since it's only shaped by a pair of small-ish bust darts. After seeing Karen's cute flowery version and the 3 (three!) lovely blouses that Miss P made (one of them striped and another with polka dots, so pretty!), I decided to reconsider.
This was my first home-printed pattern, but the assembling happily went without problems. The pattern instructions were wonderful, as I've come to expect from Colette, and the actual sewing was rather quick, with the most time taken up by pinning and sewing on the bias trim. The fit wasn't wonderful on me, as I expected, but after a few tweaks I'm really happy with the blouse!
As I was between sizes, I decided to err on the side of caution and cut out a size 10. I probably should have chosen the smaller size, especially since my cotton fabric had a bit of an elasthane content. I had to make the bust darts a wee bit bigger and also added underbust darts that, in the end, went straight all the way down to the hem. It looks a bit princess-seamed now, but I think that maybe next time, I can just make the bust dart even bigger and take in the side seams? (The tutorial on "Pivoting a Dart" I read over at Gertie's some time ago seems to suggest that it might work, but I don't have enough experience to know if it'll add drag lines...)
Since the back is entirely unshaped and looked very blousy and boxy on me, I decided to add a little channel with some elastic on the inside, and I like how the ruffles add a little interest to the backside and shape my waist a bit more. It's still a bit blousy (blousier than my ubiquitous knit tops, anyway) but it works well with my denim skirt and I think it'll look really nice with a pair of white jeans, once it's a wee bit cooler (and no longer Me-Made June).
I actually went all couture-y on the inside: French seams everywhere and I threaded the thread-ends of my darts into the dart, as explained by Miss P. I feel quite accomplished now... :D
This is, by the way, also my outfit for today, MMJ Day 28: me-made polka dot Sorbetto, refashioned denim skirt and (unseen) black lacy shorts. Also, top no. 3 in the Summer Essentials Sew-along!
I'm thinking of adapting the pattern into one I can use as a bodice block, and then maybe make a blouse similar to Ali's super-cute black peter pan-collared blouse. Then again, there are still lots of other tops, skirts and dresses on my to-sew list for summer. Hmmm...
Talking of Ali, there is currently a pretty awesome giveaway going on at The Wardrobe, Reimagined! She's giving away one of two very cute Collarettes by rococonouveau, so head over to her blog and comment, the giveaway is still good until July 4th!