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!).
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:
Front, again with the skirt:
And this one doesn’t really show the top very well, but I like it:
And here is the original way I wore it – it looks great with jeans:
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.