Hi there! One of my personal goals for 2012 is to make more of my own clothes. Colette Patterns makes it REALLY easy to do just that. The Sorbetto Top is actually a free pattern download found on their blog so why wouldn’t I try it?! This was my first experience with Colette and I have to say all the rave reviews I’ve read on ease of use are totally true. So if you’re a beginner, or not familliar with garment sewing, give this one a try!
I’m trying to get rid of the mass amounts of stash fabric I have piling up. So instead of making a muslin (not that you would really need to for this pattern) or using more expensive fabric, I used some old fabric and just kinda went for it. I tend to stay away from shirt patterns because I thought darts were really hard to do. HA! I was so stupid. They’re so easy.
The pattern is really easy to print! Though, I didn’t realize I could save almost 20 sheets of paper by following the directions online instead of printing them! DUH. Oops.
There’s a little 4in by 4in square that you’re supposed to cut out and measure to make sure your pattern printed to scale. Mine was a few centimeters off, so I just cut the pattern 2 sizes bigger to make up for it. No big deal. I think after serging the seams it ended up being the correct finished size.
I thought the pattern looked a little on the short side, for me anyways, so I left the length the longest it could possibly be instead of matching the size for the rest of it.
For the darts I cut into one side of the pattern and folded it open on the other line so I could trace the outline of it to the wrong side of my fabric with chalk. I’ve read WAY more complicated ways to transfer darts to fabric, and I don’t like complicated so this is how I do it now I guess haha.
After I finished the darts I busted out my serger and finished the edges before stitching the front and back together. I can never seem to get the tension right so the serged threads are kind of loose, but they still work.
I still have to put the bias tape on the neck and arm holes. I think I’ll use white since I have it already, but I may just have to try cutting my own since I do have a bias tape maker kicking around here somewhere.
So that’s as far as I’ve gotten on it. I want to make another one in a bigger print, or even a solid since the cute little pleat in the front totally gets lost in the small print. But like I said, this was old fabric so I figured this one would end up either not wearable, or the inspiration for a better one.
Now that I know darts are a cinch to do I can’t wait to try some of the Colette dresses!! Not only are Colette patterns really easy to follow, but they have a ton of little tutorials and helpful tidbits for you as you work along. It’s great! Highly recommended!
I’ll post a picture of me wearing the finished product next week. Ooorrrr me wearing a different one if I decide to re-make it. …which I probably will.