A Serendipitous Cabarita

I made this top a few weeks back, and posted a sneak peak of this top in July.  Finally here are some slightly better photos of my accidentally modified Cabarita (you’ll see why in a bit), one of the the Riffs from Cake Patterns.

I made this to test my fitting adjustments to get the Cake Patterns kimono sleeve sloper to actually fit my very small forward sloping shoulders and small bust without having a side seam at a 45 degree angle and wierd wrinkles from the armpits up.

Cake Patterns Cabarita

I used a not very stretchy knit (it looks like that knit that is used for polo shirts – sorry I don’t know its “proper”name), that I got on a Spotlight trip, mainly because I just love this colour.  As the last time I did these adjustments I used a super-stretchy knit I wanted to see how my adjustments would work in a totally different knit fabric – and it does.

Cake Patterns Cabarita

Cake Patterns Cabarita

The changes I made to this top was to add a hem band to match the cuffs.  I also left off the front collar and was planning on having a plain back.  That was before I cut the back neck binding out of my back main pieces.  Oh yes.  It was late at night and I was looking for some scraps to cut the bindings and the back pieces do look a bit strange – they are cut on the bias and not a usual shape (that’s my excuse anyway).  As usual I am making this out of way less than the actual required yardage so I didn’t have much to work with.  I was left with this mutilated top and no extra fabric to recut the back.

I made a “patch” and quickly sewed it on, purely so I could at least test the fit.  When I tried it on I went “hey, that looks like a collar”.  Cool.  Very serendipitous. So I neatened it up and then added a bow (to hide a slightly messy join).

And now I have a wearable top. As with most things I make, this pattern will be lovely in a better quality fabric but in the meantime I’ve enjoyed the process of going from not happy to happy with the fit for this particular type of garment, and I quite like my back collar and bow too.

Click to view large size photo if you would like to see my back wrinkles in all their glory

Cake Patterns Cabarita

  • The back is beautiful – but then so is the whole garment

  • The back is beautiful – but then so is the whole garment

  • zozowahine

    Oh what a lovely top!!! The collar effect, although not the original plan, is delightful! Zoe xx

  • Oh what a lovely top!!! The collar effect, although not the original plan, is delightful! Zoe xx

  • Margo Bergman

    Adorable!!! And your fit is perfect!

  • Adorable!!! And your fit is perfect!

  • Sharon

    I love this top and you have got it fitting so well, congratulations on all the hard work to get there.

  • I love this top and you have got it fitting so well, congratulations on all the hard work to get there.

  • amazing fit! I always love to read about the changes you make to patterns to get rid of those pesky wrinkles. And that back mod is adorable. I may need to copy it for my 3rd Cabarita. In the US many polo shirts are made out of material called pique.

  • amazing fit! I always love to read about the changes you make to patterns to get rid of those pesky wrinkles. And that back mod is adorable. I may need to copy it for my 3rd Cabarita. In the US many polo shirts are made out of material called pique.