Monday, August 12, 2013

Sorbetto ~ I have given up

Second time attempting to sew up a sorbetto for myself.  I give up.


  First I adjusted the darts because they were way too high.  (You can barely see the pencil lines above on the white paper.  I have black marker lines underneath on the pattern but that dart was still off.  The lowest dart is the one I went with according to my sloper.


As below: pencil is pattern dart for my size (4). click pencil is dart I adjusted to.

I lengthened the pattern by 4 inches and chose to gather instead of pleat the front. I also lowered the armscye by 1/2 inch and they are still a bit tight in front.

I used a silky soft Rayon Challis.  It cut like butter.  I used the same fabric to bind the arms and neck.
The tank is square shaped - I knew this going in - but I hoped my drapey fabric would help that.  It didn't.  The shape is still square and I have poof going on in the front under bust and over the stomach area.

1. tucked in    2. untucked   3. seeing how an elastic casing would look



I am throwing in the towel on this one!  I think this top is just not fit for my body type.  Many people have had success and I wish I could say the same.  I thought about putting in an elastic casing as seen in third pictures (mocked it with a tie to see how it would look).  I don't think that would look very good so I guess this becomes a pj shirt.

~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~

8 comments:

  1. Please don't take this wrong. You are not by any means a big girl, but you are a tad bigger than I am and I wear an 8 in this top. Try a much larger size. I in no way intend to offend you, I just think you are measuring wrong. I am a newbie so I screw up a lot as well. I had to have someone measure me and I wear an 8 in this. I am 5' 3" and I weigh 121.

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    1. No offense taken. constructive criticism is welcome :)
      Sadly, this top is already falling off me. My measurements were a 6 and that muslin was way to big :(

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  2. Maybe try some shirring at the back? I also hated the boxiness of my sorbetto and a few lines of shirring at the back made it a zillion times better. I'd also recommend doing a swayback- I have started realizing that a lot of times a box shape looks fine on me so long as I get rid of all the extra fabric at the small of my back.

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    1. Shirring is a good idea. I may try that. Thanks!

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  3. I think Anon is wrong. It's not the size that's the problem, it's the shape. This is basically a short shift dress. They never suit people with a pronounced bust because without waist shaping they just fall straight from the bust apex down, making us look fat or pregnant. I have been tempted by this top because its free! But I have held off because in my heart of hearts I know that no matter how free it is, no matter how easy to sew, it will NOT suit me. Have a look at Miss Celie's latest black eyelet dress. The darts on that are much more suitable for those of us with a good bustline

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    1. Thanks Ruth. I also agree. The shape is so wrong for my body. I thought "free!" and wanted to try, lol. I am so pear shaped and my waist needs to be defined or I look shapeless. :D I'll have a look at that dress you mentioned. Thanks!

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  4. well now, see, I really like it on you. Maybe I'm taken with the fabric (which is fabulous), but I think you look adorable in it.

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    1. Thanks Nancy! I do love this fabric too. It is so buttery soft and the colors are vibrant! I have about 2 yards left ;-)

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