I had whole-heartedly intended this top to be a sorbetto. Not many days pass when I don’t see someone sporting a new version of this nifty and versatile little tank. It even had the balls to push the Big 4 out and claim the #2 spot in Pattern Review’s Best Patterns of 2012 - the first time an Independent Pattern has made it onto this list! Nice work Colette Patterns.
But when I made it up in calico, I just couldn’t see myself wearing it. According to the 12 shapes of Trinny and Susannah, I’m a Goblet, (You can take their quiz here, then check out the recommendations for your shape here), which means no clothes with baggy midsections for me. And the Sorbetto was super baggy on me – even with alterations.
So I took my trusted Marfy pattern (2465) and re-drew the front pattern piece to make it without the front pleating, added in some bust darts and presto – the Marfy that looks kinda like a sorbetto…
…but named the Caramel Slice because I made the rooky error of gobbling down the most amazing piece of caramel slice EVER (lovingly made by Mr. poppykettle of course) at the same time as trying to sew a seam. Unfortunately this meant my fabric came into contact with the delicious delight in my hand. Though I am rather pleased that my fagotting withstood a spin in the washing machine!
The fabric of choice? A stretch yellow cotton from Tessuti. This pattern definitely does work better with a more drapey fabric, rather than something as structured as this. But it’s still wearable. I was absolutely blown away by Lizz’s fagotted sorbetto with pleats, which you can see here on her blog, A Good Wardrobe. So this top is an ode-to-Lizz! Imitation is the highest form of flattery?
I used the same off-white rayon seam binding on the insides, which I love the look of.
Hand sewing this seam was a very relaxing experience – you can see my 101 on how to do your own hand-sewn fagotting here.