My Sorbetto Top - a muslin
May 29, 2011
I stumbled across the Sorbetto Top over on Grosgrain and wanted it to make it right away. It's a freebie by Colette Patterns so I figured it was worth a try. I pulled this blue and green print out of the stash. I've had this piece of fabric for a number of years, but hadn't done anything with it. It was something like $2.00 a yard making it perfect for a muslin. And as much as I would rather skip this step, I know I have to make the muslin. So I did.
The pattern is a pdf download (25 pages - you have been forewarned!) that you cut out and tape together. Trust me on this: trace your pattern from the taped together one. This will allow you to trace another size if you need to without having to tape those pages together again. I'm so glad I did this because, as suspected, I will be making changes for fit. I went with the size 10 which seems to be the right size for me overall. The darts are too high and I need to add about 4" to the length, but otherwise it fits. I think it would be more flattering on me if the neck line were a bit lower and more scooped. That should be easy enough to change, too.
The top came together super easily and really fast. The directions are very well written and I love the way the bias tape is applied and joined. I'll be using that trick again! I did use pre-made bias tape because I had it right there, but I think I will make my own bias tape on the next one. The pre-made I had on hand is too wide at 1/2" folded. 1/4" folded would be much better.
If I play my cards right, I might get another muslin finished this weekend. Gotta love a three day holiday! Hope you are enjoying yours.
I'm glad to see one already made! It looks great. I have that on my list for tomorrow. I too, will be making a muslin. Or 3.
Posted by: Sarah Jackson | May 29, 2011 at 01:11 PM
hey hey, dressform!!
Posted by: melissa f. | May 29, 2011 at 01:20 PM
I was hoping to see Jane holding the one arm up to the dressform. (:
Posted by: heather smith jones | May 29, 2011 at 03:05 PM
I really like it. I just found that pattern a few days ago and it's on my list. Not sure if it's actually going to happen. Clothes intimidate me!
Posted by: Kelly | May 29, 2011 at 03:32 PM
I found that pattern a couple of days ago too and have been itching to start it (the 25 page printout was holding me back). So glad to see yours and it is as cute as the ones on the Colette page. Those colors will look so great on you.
Thanks for sharing this - oh, and even though I am days late - happy birthday wishes to you, Erin!!
Posted by: seashoreknits | May 29, 2011 at 04:07 PM
Your muslin is adorable.
Posted by: Suzanne | May 29, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Love it! Good to hear your opinion of the pattern. I think a lower neckline would work better for me too. Now to print out all those pages!
Posted by: Heather | May 29, 2011 at 11:14 PM
You are a very good seamstress! I like the bias that wide but can also see why it would work at 1/4".
Posted by: Allison | May 30, 2011 at 02:34 PM
top looks great, erin! you are one determined woman if you printed out that pattern (25 pages, phew).
now let's hear about that dressform...
Posted by: jennifer | May 31, 2011 at 09:11 AM
it's adorable. Useful AND cute - perfect summer combination
Posted by: Dorie | May 31, 2011 at 11:25 PM
so cute...and of course, green! :)
Posted by: michelle | June 01, 2011 at 11:05 AM
I always think it's good to make a muslin from a fabric that is cute enough if it turns out, cheap enough if it doesn't. That fabric certainly fits the bill.
Posted by: Mama Urchin | June 01, 2011 at 12:43 PM
dressform envy! And I think you are kind of a superhero for making a muslin.
Posted by: blair | June 02, 2011 at 12:11 AM
Thanks for the link!
Posted by: Mandi | June 02, 2011 at 04:51 PM
I must confess, I have never made a muslin. Instead, I have taught my daughters to pin. Lots of patterns also have lines at which you can alter the pattern before you sew, and you can also pin the actual pattern to your body and mark where you sew. There are lots of ways to avoid making muslins, and housework too.
Posted by: Angle | June 05, 2011 at 11:02 PM
I just made one too. I have a sheer pink that i am using. I think it could be a bit longer too. I am also going to make the madeline bloomers to give to a friend for her birthday to wear as jammies. Hope she likes them!
Posted by: [email protected] | June 07, 2011 at 12:52 PM