It’s amazing to me how much the posts change from the draft stage to the end result. I had a much different original idea than what I’m actually posting; weird how that happens, isn’t it?
Anyway, I made up the Sorbetto in a fabric that seduced me with the pretty and let me down when I actually made it up. You might recognize it as the stuff I used on the JJ blouse I made however long ago. The fabric is gorgeous, but it’s so itchy!
Here’s what my Sorbetto looks like (you’ll note I made a few changes, I documented them below.)
- Holy crap the shoulders as drafted are wide! I went with the narrowest shoulder placement, and still hacked off the entire front section where it had the fold line–I think it was around 3/4″ maybe? It was perfect.
- The bust darts for the size 12 that I mostly cut were significantly more perky than my own (rather perky if I do say so myself) bust. Next time I’ll use the lines for the size 18, and bring the bottom leg down an extra 1/4″.
- I’m ultra petite on top, and this thing is bordering on too short for me, even after cutting down to the size 18 hemline. I’m planning to add at least another 2″ for next time, depending on how deep I want the hem to be.
- I consider myself to be pretty conservative in my dressing style, but this neckline would have choked a nun. I made it about 2″ deeper and squared it (my first ever square neckline!) and I much prefer the way it looks.
- I LOVE the method of binding the neckline/armholes. I think it made for such a nice finish, and the directions were so clear even I could understand them. 🙂 I just wish the bias tape wasn’t so stiff. 😦
- I need a CB seam for this. I’ve got some serious puddling on the back side, and it doesn’t seem to be because it’s hanging up on my hips or anything. I’ve noticed that certain patterns require more of a swayback-esque adjustment than others, I don’t know if that’s just me or if that’s a difference in drafting.
- Was that a yawn? Here, have a virtual slap to wake up. 😉
- I’m also trying to decide if the slight drag lines I have near the bust are because of an issue with the bust, or if they are residual from the puddling on the back. Is that possible? I would think it would have to be–it’s not like the side seam is a wall that says “all ye wrinkles must stop at this line by order of the seamstress!”
- I tried to fix (or at least camouflage) some of the disaster that is the back with some shirring (my first time ever!), but I think that maybe just made it a bit worse.
- I’d really like to figure out what I need to do to the back to make it look a bit smoother, because I’ve been thinking up all sorts of cool ways to hack this pattern into something else. Now if only I had some sort of actual talent for that kind of thing…