Saturday, 10 May 2014

Butterfly Sorbetto Top

A few weeks ago the catalog from Boden landed in my letter box. And I was instantly hooked. So many lovely summer dresses and blouses. I love the fabrics and the style. Then I saw the Vintage Sun Top and immediately the Sorbetto pattern from Colette pattern sprang into my mind.

Vintage Sun Top from Boden (source)

So here we go: my Boden-inspired Butterfly Sorbetto Top.

Worn tucked in with my Beignet Skirt.
Fabric: I used a cotton lawn from my stash. And actually I had cut the Colette Parfait from the fabric already and managed to squeeze out the Sorbetto from the leftovers :) Win! (The Parfait is still waiting for its zipper, so as soon as that is done you will see it as well.) For the collar I used some white cotton lawn scraps.

Or not tucked in worn with the Meringue Skirt.
The hem is finished with a rolled hem done with my overlocker.
Construction: I had to modify the Sorbetto pattern a little and added a collar and the back button stand. I have made a back button Sorbetto before (here), but modified it even more to avoid any topstitching at the button stand. My button stand is 2 cm wide and I stabilised it with fusible interfacing.



The buttons came from my stash. I had only one gold button and thought it is cute to attach it to the top. I tried to sew it into the middle of the collar, but because the sewing machine had problems with stitching the top buttonhole, I was not able too. I actually had to hand stitch half of the buttonhole.

Buttons :)

To draw the collar I used my french curve. The Peter Pan collar is a bit small for my taste and when I am going to make the top again, I will make the front curve a bit bigger. I finished the neckline with bias tape and the part you are seeing is 1/2" wide.




I then made spaghetti straps using this tutorial from the Fashion Sewing Blog. It worked amazing and the straps turned out super thin :) I hand stitched the strap onto the necklines bias tape and also finished the ends with a couple of hand stitches.



The armholes are also finished with bias tape. But this time I folded it in half, stitched its raw edge to the raw edge of the armhole on the right side. Then turned it inside and stitched with a 1/4" seam allowance.



Do I like it? Absolutely! I haven't worn it yet, but see myself wearing it loads during summer (in the hope that we are getting a proper warm summer in the UK). I love the style of the top, the butterflies (obviously) and that I managed to copy a RTW blouse. Without wanting to clap myself onto my shoulder, I have to say that my blouse fits even better at the back than the one the model from Boden is wearing, yeah.


I love that you can wear the top either tucked in or not tucked it. I like both looks :)


24 comments:

  1. I love your top! You did an amazing job on it. Doesn't it feel awesome to copy RTW and make it better than the original?

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    1. Thanks Kristin! It is the first time I copied an RTW and I am totally thrilled! Especially because I saved £59, which would have been the price of the original, yeah.

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  2. What a brilliant idea, am going to copy this one for sure. It's really lovely Daniela.

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  3. Oh. My. Goodness!!! This is fabulous! You're a genius. I was swooning at the photos of the front, and then saw the button back! I love a button back as much as a Peter Pan collar, so this is definitely a winner. This is getting pinned on my Sewing Inspiration Pinterest board right now. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. Haha, thanks Lynne. You make me blush. You are welcome and maybe at some point I will see a similar Sorbetto on your blog :)

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  4. Beautiful! The collar is such a lovely addition with the bias tape. Cute necklace too.

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    1. Thank you Claire. I was really not sure how it will turn out when I started. So I am really pleased with the result. (This is my favorite necklace and I tend to wear it non-stop)

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  5. It's gorgeous Daniela! Great job on copying the original, I love all the little details :)

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    1. Thank you Kelly. I love the details as well, although they take so much time to add! But so worth it :)

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  6. This is sooo adorable and awesome! It took me ages to figure out how you did the neckline - very clever! :-) Am very jealous ;-)

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    1. Thanks Thea. And sorry about not being more detailed about how I finished the neckline. I should take pictures next time, so that I can properly show it!

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  7. It's beautiful! I absolutely love the collar!

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  8. It's so pretty, I'm sure you'll wear it a lot. I use the Boden catalogue for sewing inspiration too, they have so much nice stuff!

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    1. Thank you Ruth! I really can't believe that I discovered Boden just now :)

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  9. Your top is so pretty! I prefer it to the original! I get Boden catalogs all the time, and I always go through them and earmark tons of inspiration garments! Back in the day I bought a lot of my clothes from them because I love the style, but changes to my body mean they don't fit me so well any more. So glad I can sew!

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    1. Thanks Gail. I could earmark the whole catalog :) But you are right the fit is much better (and the garment much cheaper) if we make it ourselves.

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  10. Lovely:) I get a few posh catalogs & keep them as inspiration!

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  11. It's very pretty! I love the mismatched gold button at the top.

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