I found myself doing a bit of curious soul-searching while playing with which fabrics to use for the lovely little Colette Sorbetto Top that Sarai has offered as a FREE download. I liked the thought of using this lovely silk I've had for awhile...except that it's sort of leopard printish...... Is this the pattern that I can finally use to pull off a nice-looking animal print? And feel good wearing it? Hmmm......
|errrmmm.....to each their own, but, well....No. (Sorry Snooki)|
|Runway looks. All righty then......|
|Not saying I hate it, not saying I love it.... (what do YOU think?)|
|Kind of classically elegant Dior.....even though you won't find me dead in it! ;D|
|Givenchy - definitely A Look! (and it does NOT look cheap!) And OK -|
you can go ahead & bury me in this one lol! (Just don't put it on me before I'm dead, 'k?)
So, back to the Colette Sorbetto....and the fabric I pulled from my stash:
This is a yummy silk, and I've been waiting for the right pattern to use it on. However, I did NOT want it to look like negligee, which would be pretty easy with a simple top like this. It needed a little sumpin'sumpin' extra...... I found these buttons in my vintage button stash - just unique enough to funk up the look & make it something I would enjoy wearing :)
The bias trim is a vintage cotton percale - I thought it would be perfect, but it definitely turned into a Learning Opportunity! What I Learned: All of the bias seam binding I've done on garments, so far, have been self-made, and very flexible & stretchy. I did know that ready-made bias binding isn't going to have quite the stretch of any of the fabrics I've used before, but this tape was REALLY close woven (Percale, I discovered, is a type of weave that is tight). The results were a binding that did not lay as flat as I would have liked. I pressed it into semi-submission, & it's perfectly wearable, if not perfect :) (It's a good thing I spent all those years working on my perfection issues! I would not be sewing if I hadn't....at least I wouldn't be happily sewing!)
|You can see the waviness & gaping of the tape here - it's not bad, but not perfect. |
And I LOVE the buttons! The color matching looks better IRL, but they are
just different enough to stand out, & still look like they belong there :)
|The Finished Top|
|And a perfect fit!|
I'll list all of my construction notes & alterations in my Pattern Review, but the short version of my take on this pattern is that it's a winner! And for free too? Can't beat that!
Now then, fess up.......what's YOUR feeling about wearing animal prints - do you have any, & do you wear them?