The “Married to the Music” Top | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: 1.5 yards of red cotton broadcloth from stash, about $2 a yard from Jo Ann's
Pattern: Sorbetto Top – free from Colette Patterns!
Year: c. 2011
Time to complete: Less than an hour – from cutting to wearing it!
First worn: July 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: ~$3
I am married to a musician. As a result, my life is filled with music – whether I like it or not! On most evenings you can hear the sounds of pug snores, trombones, a piano and some random guitar strumming in addition to the whir of my sewing machine. Life in the Gabbart house is good – noisy, but good.
Because my husband both a working jazz musician and teaches the subject at a college level (damn smartypants!), that the natural choice was to go with what I know. So I went with jazz. Thankfully, there are many, many great examples of things that one would like in their wardrobe on jazz abums (where is the sarcasm button when you need it!) I was awash in "hip" 1960s fonts, weird outfits on oddly shaped cartoons and Miles Davis's crazypants wardrobe choices. Help jazz! Help me find an outfit to pursue!
Then I found this lovely cover of a Dave Brubeck album that features a beautiful woman leaning over his piano in a bright red dress. Bingo! I decided to use this elegant lady as inspiration for my top, opting to make a piece that could integrate into my wardrobe instead of a "once every few years" red dress. I am so happy that I did – I LOVE this top. Love it!
The top was very simple to make – as Colette Patterns often are – and happens to be FREE. Yes ma'am – totally gratis. I omitted the front pleat and added a simple neck bow by cutting a 6" X 44" piece of fabric, folding it in half and stitching one side. I flipped it right side out, ironed it and sewed it to the neckine instead of bias binding (tip" sew them wrong sides together and then flip over the neckline to create the folded over effect!). Voila!
I love having so much music in my life – before I met Ryan, it was rare that I would explore anything outside of Top 40 radio. Now I hear new music and enjoy it as part of our time together – thanks honey!