Sunday, August 11, 2013

Colette Sorbetto

I finally have a sewing project to post about!  I started this three months ago - ew - and I finally picked it back up and finished it.

I used the extra yard of fabric leftover from my Turquoise Polka Dot Dress.  Ya know, using the whole cow or whatever.

Total Cost: $3.78

This started out as a Colette Sorbetto, but I made a lot of changes.  There is a seam down the back because I didn't have enough fabric.  Also, the armscye didn't fit right so I let out the shoulder seams and when that didn't work I let out the back seam and when that didn't work I just chopped off the fabric under my armpit.  I probably should've just drafted my own pattern, but I was feeling lazy.

At first I thought this top was too short, but I think the length is perfect.  And I like how it kicks out at the bottom.

I am all about rick rack and I've been itching to use some.  I used almost a whole 2.5 yard package on the hem and the armholes so I had to buy another package for the neck, which was a bummer.  I wasn't totally sure what to do with the raw edges of the rick rack so I dabbed on some Fray Check and hid them the best I could.  If anyone has any experience working with rick rack and knows of a better way to do this, I would love some input.

I used WashAway Wonder Tape to hold the rick rack in place.  I don't think I could have done it without this stuff.  For the armholes and the neckline, I finished the edges with single fold bias tape then I stuck the rick rack in place with the Wonder Tape and I sewed it on.

I hand stitched the hem, stuck the rick rack on with Wonder Tape, and hand stitched it on.

I won't lie, the rick rack under my armpits isn't super comfortable.  But I DGAF because I love this top.  Beauty is pain, my friends.


  1. The color is great - love the rick rack!

  2. Aw super cute top! I must really try the Sorbetto.

  3. Thanks for sharing the tip on using Wonder Tape to hold the rick-rack in place! Your top is so very cute>

  4. Oh this is so cute! The ric rac is the perfect choice of trim against the polka dots :)