Sewing Cake Binge #2 – Cabarita

I really loved the look of the new Cabarita pattern, especially after I saw the version during Me Made May of Susan from Moonthirty (seriously, go have a look!).

Sewing Cake Cabarita Top, Tiramisu Skirt

I didn’t have any striped jersey in my stash so I found a dark navy from Lincraft that looked ok, purchased the Cabarita pdf from Etsy (only $8 and super easy to put together, its not a monster pdf) and literally “whipped up” a new top.

The instructions are simple and not really intended for a beginner as they are not illustrated, just text, but anyone with a basic understanding of how something goes together will work it out, especially if you have made a Sewing Cake pattern before. 

I wore it with jeans for the first time in May but always planned to wear it with my new Tiramisu skirt for a more dressy look.

I am not overly thrilled with the fabric.  It seemed ok quality when I brought it but it actually hasn’t the greatest recovery plus I am not impressed with the fit of this version – its not the patterns fault, I made a couple of errors when sewing it together that resulted in a couple of seams needing to be resewn and that resulted in some pulling in the back and front, I think most likely a sizing issue combined with slap-happy sewing. 

But its a lovely pattern and the deep V back and the front collar detail makes for a really classy but comfortable knit top.  The center back seam and layout is designed especially for striped fabric. I plan to make a few more, just trying to source some suitable fabric.

So here are some pictures:

Back, worn with the Tiramisu Skirt:

Sewing Cake Tiramisu Skirt, Cabarita Top

Front, again with the skirt:

Sewing Cake Cabarita Top, Tiramisu Skirt

Sewing Cake Cabarita Top, Tiramisu Skirt

And this one doesn’t really show the top very well, but I like it:

Sewing Cake Cabarita Top, Tiramisu Skirt

And here is the original way I wore it – it looks great with jeans:

Sewing Cake Cabarita

Sewing Cake Cabarita

Sewing Cake Cabarita

What I love about Sewing Cake patterns, if you haven’t already made them yourself, is the lovely vintage style converted into the daily practicality of knit fabrics.  The instructions are great and the sizing accurate and unique in the way cup sizes and bodice sizes are included for a truly custom fit.  The way Steph gets you to finish hems and edges is effective and neat, especially for new sewers who have not yet discovered the “tricks” of sewing with knits. For example, the neck binding piece for the back is a smidge shorter than the seam which eliminates any gaping and despite the back being a deep v, it still hugs the body securely.

Id love to try this top in a great quality jersey, I am currently eying off this one and this one from Tessuti Fabrics.

  • Sharon

    Looks like a very versatile top!

    • Thanks Sharon, it is. Just wish I lived closer to The Fabric Store or Remnant Warehouse.

  • Looks like a very versatile top!

  • Love it! I just made my first Cake pattern, the Pavlova top and I love it. I didn’t have to make any fit alterations and using the steam a seam method was just awesome! May have to give this top a go!

    • I just saw your blog post on your top – its looks GREAT!! I am a stream a seam addict now too – I have so much more confidence sewing with knits since I have made a couple of Cake Patterns.

  • Love it! I just made my first Cake pattern, the Pavlova top and I love it. I didn't have to make any fit alterations and using the steam a seam method was just awesome! May have to give this top a go!

  • I just saw your blog post on your top – its looks GREAT!! I am a stream a seam addict now too – I have so much more confidence sewing with knits since I have made a couple of Cake Patterns.

  • Leila

    I really like your Cabarita. I’m wearing one I made. So comfy. I also love your skirt. I’ve been wanting to do a Tiramisu skirt with a large flower on it like yours. It looks really nice!

  • I really like your Cabarita. I'm wearing one I made. So comfy. I also love your skirt. I've been wanting to do a Tiramisu skirt with a large flower on it like yours. It looks really nice!

  • Thanks Leila!

  • Thanks Sharon, it is. Just wish I loved closer to The Fabric Store or Remnant Warehouse.

  • Kat

    Love your Cabarita top! I’ve just bought the pattern, and it’s heading towards the top of my sewing queue. So it’s great to see one made up! πŸ™‚ I love your Tiramisu skirt with the flower as well – stunning use of fabric.

    • Thanks so much Kat. Now that I have figured out my fit problems I was having I am definitely making a few more. And thanks about the skirt. It turned out better than expected as I didn’t have enough fabric to properly pattern match.

  • Love your Cabarita top! I've just bought the pattern, and it's heading towards the top of my sewing queue. So it's great to see one made up! πŸ™‚ I love your Tiramisu skirt with the flower as well – stunning use of fabric.

  • Thanks so much Kat. Now that I have figured out my fit problems I was having I am definitely making a few more. And thanks about the skirt. It turned out better than expected as I didn't have enough fabric to properly pattern match.

  • I like your Cabarita Top. I just made one as well, and like the look of it!

  • I like your Cabarita Top. I just made one as well, and like the look of it!

  • Solange

    I meant to buy the cabarita top pattern but in the end I didn’t, as soon as I finish stitching my RV dress I might give it a try! It’s really nice and flattering.

  • I meant to buy the cabarita top pattern but in the end I didn't, as soon as I finish stitching my RV dress I might give it a try! It's really nice and flattering.