Sunday, 5 October 2014


I've been getting lots of inspiration this year from the bloggers over at the Curvy Sewing Collective. Much of that inspiration hasn't actually translated into a lot of sewing productivity. There are lots of planned projects floating around in my head, but the mess in my sewing room is awkward to work around.
This week I got up early each day before work and spent half an hour in the room, working on this little top, just ignoring the mess. (If I ignore it for long enough, the mess will clear itself.  Right?)

The pattern is Sorbetto by Colette Patterns.

I made a first iteration of this top back in Me Made May.  I needed to grade the pattern up a size to fit my bust and I did it the lazy half-arsed way by just adding half an inch to the centre front and centre back pieces.  Of course I didn't take into account that this would have a corresponding widening effect on the neckline and the first version of the top, while wearable, threatens to fall off my slopey shoulders. So this time I added half an inch to each of the shoulder straps.  Problem solved.

The fabric is (I think) a remnant of cotton voile.  (I can't remember when I bought it.  I suspect probably within the last 5 years and maybe at Clegs....) It feels lovely, but it would have been too see-through on its own, so I lined the top with some soft navy jersey (bamboo? viscose? it's really super-soft) reclaimed from an over-sized t-shirt I made a few years ago.  I made some bias binding with the rest of the cotton voile to finish the neck and armholes.

Making my own bias binding gives me a ridiculous smug satisfaction.

New top ready for the summer to come.