I made this top a few weeks ago so if I post it now, will that make me feel like I'm being more productive? I hope so, because I certainly haven't been very productive lately. Life has been very busy the past few weeks with some unexpected twists and turns. And I'm now dealing with a cold -- ah yes, the good old summer-time cold -- and as a result, I haven't gotten nearly as much done as I'd like to. And it hasn't helped that my overall inspiration/creativity level has also been at a very low level lately. I'm not sure what to blame this on. I guess maybe it just comes and goes and that's a natural part of the process. But I do feel myself slowly snapping out of it -- the cold and the creative rut -- so hopefully I'll put all that behind me soon.
This Colette Sorbetto top has been on my project list for several weeks. I made a few minor changes to the FREE(!) pattern. I'm a tall one at almost 6'1'', so I needed to add a few inches to the length. I also lowered the front neckline a few inches because that just seemed more like something I would wear. I made a muslin first since I'm such a novice at this sewing clothes stuff. I thought I was happy with it, but then when I made the final version -- using some very lightweight linen I had in my stash -- I realized that it was just a bit too boxy and not the most flattering on me. So I just took the side seams in a bit and that definitely helped.
I used this particular fabric, as boring as it is, because I already had it, I got it for very cheap, and I just wanted to get some more practice in before using a more expensive (e.g. not as mind-numbingly boring) fabric. Plus it was my first attempt at using bias tape to make an exposed facing, and it went okay. But certainly not perfect! It was very easy and quick to make, so I'll certainly be making more.
It's a very popular pattern out in the blog world these days (look here for a fun 7-day challenge on The Sew Weekly) so I'm seeing all kinds of very, very cute versions. For now I'll just settle for my boring one! And i know linen wrinkles, but they weren't lying. Wow. It wrinkles.