Since winter seems to be dragging on and on this year, I decided I needed a project to bring a little bit of sun into the home. Enter the cute grey, tan, green, and orange hibiscus printed cotton I found at the fabric store yesterday. I have been wanting to take the plunge and make the Colette Sorbetto top as well, since half of the internet has made it. I just wish I took the time to read some pattern reviews before I cut into my aloha fabric!
This shirt was a PITA, for me, as a beginner. I have been avoiding all patterns with zippers, since the zipper fiasco of 2014. I have also been avoiding patterns with bias tape – as it intimidates me for reasons I can’t articulate. I decided to just take the plunge and do a pattern with bias tape because, how else would I learn?
Learn, I did. I put the bias tape on the collar backwards (?) and had to unpick all the stitches. Basically, I started the top yesterday afternoon, got to the point of ripping out the bias tape, and realized I needed to just pick it back up the next day. So I got up bright and early and put the bias tape on the collar again. I had some issues with the sewing machine becoming mis-threaded during the night (gnomes?) and didn’t realize it until after the giant bird’s nest – in which I had to figure out how to remove the throat plate (all before coffee). It did give me a chance to clean the inside out and hammer in the fact that I need to cover it up when I am not using it!
Anyways, back to the bias tape – after many ups and downs, and ripping more stitches out – I finally got it on the collar and arm holes. The shirt, after hemming, is a little shorter than I am comfortable with (which, has been mentioned in a gazillion pattern reviews), which is a shame. I was planning on wearing this short to work on the next “Aloha Friday”. I think I can still wear it as long as I wear an undershirt, but I sort of like the feeling of cotton against my skin now. I converted this past Friday when I wore the paisley shirt at work; it was so comfortable!
So, I will call this a wearable muslin. I have been working on trying to add a couple of inches to the pattern, which I already had traced out on swedish tracing paper. It is also a little tight in the bust, which is weird, because I thought Colette Patterns were drafted for a C cup. Besides the fitting issues – this is my favorite garment so far. I love the print, the colors, the contrast bias tape, and the design!
Hmm, after seeing the picture of me wearing it, the arms appear a little tight as well. Maybe I should think about enlarging them? Man, I wish I knew more about fit.