The “Waterloo” Top | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: 2 yards of white hanky weight linen (from stash; similar at Fabric.com for ~$12 a yard)
Pattern: Sorbetto Top - free from Colette Patterns!
Year: c. 2011
Notions: vintage bias tape from stash
Time to complete: Should have taken: 3 hours; Actually took: 8
First worn: July 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: ~$24
Friends, I have met my sewing Waterloo. Behold the beast that nearly sunk my battleship.
My nautical top is a simple Sorbetto with a bib overlay that points in the front and back in chevron stripes. The overlay was bound on the edges with blue and red bias binding. I knew this project would take more time than my previous Sorbetto, as bias binding chevron stripes would be time intensive.
I had no idea that it would be this time intensive! The basic structure of the top was done in like 15 minutes, the bias binding went on smoothly and even the chevron stripes on the bib came out with minimal effort. I bound the armhole edges and moved on to the task of attaching the bib to the neckline.
Putting the bib on the first time was a breeze! Then I tried it on. Arms. Can't. Move. It's too long. Ok – cool beans. Rip it out and start again! No bigs.
Round two: still long. Round three: DAHHHHH! Finally, after the 4th round of measuring, repinning and sewing it was a success. Too bad I sewed it on backwards. Yep. I did that.
After using a few words I wouldn't use around my friend's kids, I got back to work. Apparently 5th try is a charm. Shirt completed!
Hopefully this will be the only Waterloo in my future from now on. I am going to wear this lots and lots to make the pain worth it!
Bonus: you might be wondering, what is that in her hand there? It's the SS Sew Weekly. Ryan made it so that something boat related would be in this post!