As always seems to happen, just as the weather turns cold and the leaves start falling trees I finish sewing a summery top! This was a free pattern from Colette patterns. The top is called Sorbetto and it’s a fastening-free blouse with bound armholes and neckline.
I’m always nervous about tops without fastenings as they can be difficult to get on or they swamp me and I look like I’m wearing a sack. Surprisingly this top actually fits me pretty well. It slips on easily and doesn’t look ridiculously large on although I think I would create a bit of shaping through the waistline and hips if I made it again. I’m quite curvy on my bottom half so I’m glad that I graded out to the next size up towards the hips and also made it in tiny bit shorter than the pattern. That shortening was purely because I didn’t have enough material to do it any other way and still keep the patterned band at the bottom.
The fabric is actually quite light so I’m wearing a red vest top underneath and that’s what you can see peeking out from the bottom of the gold band. Also, there isn’t a big crease down the front but there’s a stitched pleat to give it a bit of interest – click on the image to enlarge if you want to see it better.
The instructions for this top were great and it went together very easily, despite my chiffon-y fabric wanting to fray every time I looked at it. It’s definitely a top that I will make again in a different fabric.