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Groovy, baby!

Have you seen the new Colette Laurel top that came out a couple of weeks back? It’s a simple shift, with different options for dress/top and sleeve lengths. Sarai’s even been kind enough to put together a booklet with lots of different ideas for other alterations that could be made.

I’d bought this fabric back last year with the idea of making another Tova shirt. It’s such a bold and busy pattern – which always puts me in mind of Austin Powers! – that I wasn’t sure if it would really work as a shirt. The Laurel seemed the perfect alternative!

I cut out a size 2, and from my experience of making the Sorbetto, made a few alterations straight away:

  • Graded the shoulder seam from 2 on the outside edge to 0 on the neckline, as it seemed quite a steep slope.
  • Added extra length to the body and sleeve which I tend to do as a matter of course so that I can adjust as necessary.

On a whim, I decided to add the keyhole from the extra’s book, I tried it on once I’d done the seams and the keyhole seemed a bit more of a well…..peep hole! I just felt like it drew all the attention to the centre of my cleavage (not that there’s much there, but I don’t necessarily want people to notice that, right?!). So I decided that cutting out a scoop neck would be a waaaaay better choice. Obviously!

Once I’d sorted out the neckline, I hand-finished the binding around the collar and cuffs with a ready-made light-grey binding which echoes the grey in the fabric, and I’m hoping adds a bit of calm to the pattern.

I’ve not previously hand-sewn my clothes and found it a relaxing way to finish the top and made it slightly more sociable as I could sit with Mr f&f and watch a movie, rather than work away at the machine!

For anyone that’s thinking of making this, I can definitely recommend it – it’s a lovely pattern to sew and the top comes together really quickly.

Would you like to see it?! Ta-dahhh!

I did french seams throughout and have to say I feel rather proud of just how neat it is on the inside!

I’m really pleased with how the neckline came out in the end*. Although it’s lower than I probably would have gone with naturally, it’s not so low that it’s indecent (I don’t think!).

I think it also works really well with the fabric as it gives a bit of space between the top and my face, if that makes any sense?!

* having watched The Great British Sewing Bee on Tuesday I’m not sure how my top would be judged……has the scoop made my neckline unstable? Are my sleeves evenly set? Are the seams even or dragged? Or maybe that’s my own paranoia?!

The fit is brilliant….probably the closest fit around the arms that I’ve ever had on any of the tops that I’ve made, and yet it still feels comfortable to wear!

That’s not to say that when I make it again, I may well grade the armscye down to the next size just to give a bit of wiggle room. In retrospect, I wonder if I should have added a scoop front and back hem, but maybe next time!

Colette Laurel modifications

  • Pattern::: Colette Laurel V4, PDF
  • Fabric::: I think I probably used just a metre of this fabric
  • Size::: 0/2 for shoulders, armscye and back darts, 2 for the bust darts and side seams, 4 for length
  • Mods::: graded the shoulder seam from 0 to 2 so that they weren’t quite so ‘sharp’, added 3/4″ to sleeve length and a scoop neckline.

So there we go, my first Spring Top of 2013! Are you tempted to try the Laurel? If so, Sarah and I might be doing a mini-sew along soon as we both fancy making a dress – let us know if you’d like to join in. The more the merrier!

See you soon,

S x

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12 Comments

  1. April 5, 2013 / 8:42 am

    Your top is gorgeous! I love the neckline, and the french seams look great. I'm a fan of hand sewing too, I think it's sewing zen!

  2. April 5, 2013 / 6:29 pm

    I love how you changed the neckline…I have my fabric and am making the dress, but I have been thinking about making the neck a little deeper as well. Well done!

  3. April 5, 2013 / 8:24 pm

    Pretty on the inside and the outside too! The neckline looks great, especially with the binding.

  4. Sarah
    April 5, 2013 / 11:56 pm

    It's fab and looks great!
    Oh my, you've set the standard high, I'd best get a 'wriggle on', my experience with the Sorbetto wasn't good, so after reading this I'm definitely doing a test first. Have you decided on which dress version/fabric yet?
    Sarah x

  5. April 8, 2013 / 4:27 pm

    Thanks Lynne – and you're so right about hand sewing = zen. I've got a little project planned which I'll be blogging about soon 🙂

  6. April 8, 2013 / 4:27 pm

    Thanks Ange 🙂

  7. April 8, 2013 / 4:31 pm

    Thanks so much Kristin 🙂 I look forward to seeing your dress and what you do with the neckline. I'm loving all the different variations that are popping up in the Flickr group! x

  8. April 8, 2013 / 4:34 pm

    Thanks 🙂 I did debate if I could walk around wearing it inside out as I'm so proud of all my french seams, but I think that might make me seem a little bit mad!!!!

  9. April 8, 2013 / 4:37 pm

    Awww, you're far too kind Sarah!!!! It comes together really quickly so you might be surprised. Haven't decided what to make the dress with yet…..to be honest, I think I might actually have to make a muslin (gasp!) as the top pulls on so easily over my head, I'm wondering if I'll even need a zip, although I guess that will be dependant on what I do with the neckline. Ummmmm!!!!

  10. April 11, 2013 / 12:38 pm

    Sonia, that top is FAB! I wouldn't have thought that fabric could look feminine but you did a great job with it! I also love the binding on it. Beautiful finishing touches all around. Well done!

  11. April 11, 2013 / 10:34 pm

    Thanks so much for all the compliments Elita 🙂