7DoS: The Second-Rate Sorbetto
Now I know I'm a bit too hard on myself sometimes. Calling this perfectly adequate shirt the "Second-Rate" Sorbetto is partly to satisfy my alliterative naming scheme. If I wasn't seeking an "S" word, I would have happily called this top the "passable," "close-enough," or "noble effort" Sorbetto.
I started working on this shirt after you all seemed to name "B" — the Texas Blue Belle Top as the winner. Once I checked out the details of this shirt, I saw that it was a non-stretching polyester. I had assumed, after my initial glance at it, that it was a jersey. The only suitable fabric I had in my stash was a black and blue floral rayon. Using this fabric was probably my first and biggest mistake: the simple blue of the original shirt was its charm. The bow really pops because the shirt is rather plain. Using this print took it into far fussier realms.
The second mistake — though a "noble effort" mistake — was trying to create the braid around the neckline from scratch. The braid on the original shirt isn't obvious at all unless you zoom in. That should have been the permission I needed to skip this step. But instead, I twisted two long pieces of fabric casings and hand-stitched the braid to the neckline. While an interesting effect, it's just too large for the delicate neckline. Up close, it looks neat:
I added a casing to the bottom of the top and inserted elastic. The effect is lost in the photos, but, it was indeed a touch that I replicated. I don't think it bought me any improved fit, though.
I'm still being too hard on this top. It's a perfectly wearable Sorbetto, one that I would be more proud of if I wasn't comparing it to the original top.
Here's to a better tomorrow!
Other Sorbettos from the 7 Days of Sorbetto Challenge: