I felt I needed a bit of a break from the Colette Sorbetto top pattern after my first couple of attempts, but since then I have seen a few takes on it that have inspired me again. In particular, this version where the bust darts are rotated to neck pleats.
Instead of pleats, my initial idea was to move the darts to the neckline and then create a gathered neckline. However, on further reflection, I thought that may not be the best idea for my first go at gathering as without something stable to sew the gathers to I could easily imagine ending up with a rather wonky neckline. So instead I decided to create front yokes and then rotate the dart towards them. I also removed the pleat, as felt the gathers were enough for design detail.
Before adapting the pattern for the gathers, I made similar adjustments as for my London version (since after wearing the two Sorbettos a bit I realised that the first attempt was actually not such a bad fit). With the London version I had thought that I’d lowered the armscye too much as the arm hole had a lot of gaping, but after making up this one I’ve realised that the extra length works, but that the base of the armscye is too wide, which was why I was getting all the gaping. So I took the side seams in by 2.6 cm at each arm – took a bit of time as I’d used French seams, but felt the top was unwearable prior to this so it was definitely worth it.
I also trimmed the front of the armsyce a bit, would have liked to trim a little bit more but couldn’t without needing to redo all the gathering and I didn’t think it was that bad.
I made bias tape using the continuous loop method and hand stitched this down for a neat front finish. The fabric pattern is probably busy enough that the stitching wouldn’t have been very noticeable, but I actually found the hand stitching quite relaxing and am happy to have done it.
I think the smallish pattern of this fabric makes for good bias tape that would look nice as a trim on a solid coloured top. (Or maybe I’m just trying to talk myself into buying more fabric…)
The fabric is viscose from Goldhawk Road that has a lovely drape. Finally feel like I’m starting to make some good fabric choices. I loved the look and feel of this fabric so much that I had to stop myself going back and buying lots more as they had a few different prints. I will of course be buying more of this fabric, but am trying to restrict myself to using the fabrics I already have or only buying new fabric for a particular project that I intend to sew straight away so that I don’t end up with an overwhelming stash.
Looking at the back photos, I wonder if I ought to widen the hem a bit next time.
I’m really happy with this top, it is a very welcome addition to my summer wardrobe.
I would like to make this again, but might try adding a bit more gathering. Also, I think it could look a bit better with a lower neck line and then longer yoke pieces/lower down gathering.
Have you ever had inspiration from other sewers that makes you go back to a pattern that you were struggling with?