Free is tempting word.
Having signed up to the Colette website with their download guides in hemming I also found a free pattern for a top
I didn’t like the look of the central panel at the front so when I saw this hack version https://blog.colettehq.com/tutorials/make-a-modern-sorbetto
I decided this was the one I wanted to make.
– using a digital print pattern
– bias binding
– hacking a pattern (with instructions)
What I need to work on
– rolled hem
– thinking about size/fitting (even on loose garments)
The free print out pattern, prints onto A4 and needs a lot of careful cutting out and sticking together.
This made me feel it is very much worth paying for a pattern on large paper. So much time and effort just to get to the stage you would otherwise be at by opening an envelope.
(since painstaking cutting round all 4 edges of the square and carefully sticking them all together I have since read that most people only cut 2 sides (e.g. right & bottom) and then stick their pages together)
Once I had the pattern put together I decided I would not want to do that again so copied out the pattern onto tracing paper to hack.
I chose not to add the pocket, I thought I’d like it better without, plus my material has pattern and would need some careful pattern matching, it isn’t a pocket I would use so I left if off.
As per the instructions I added a line of stay stitching round the neckline as soon as soon as I had cut my material. Even though I was sewing cotton I was feeling quite concerned about getting this right as I didn’t want to stretch or misshape my neckline.
This top was my first attempt at adding bias binding. I purchased pre-made bias binding to make my life easier and after watching several youtube videos to get the idea of what I was supposed to do I was rather pleased with the results.
I used my favorite french seams for the sides and shoulders.
The curved bottom of the top was probably the trickiest challenge. Although my sewing machine does have a rolled hem presser foot but have in now way have a clue how to use it. Instead I used a combination of ironing, pinning and straight stitching. Which sort of worked. If you look carefully you can see how the edging is a bit uneven and how in a few places I have lost the gentle curve where I have tried to tuck/fold/change direction suddenly.
However my final conclusion is this top is wearable.
I think if I was to make this exact top again I would go for a more drapy fabric or take it in a little at the bottom.