After reading this post from Eclectic Threads, I felt inspired to use the Sorbetto pattern I’d had sitting in my pile of ‘to dos’. The pattern is super easy and a rewarding way to spend a couple of hours. I hadn’t made bias-binding before but found the tutorials on the Coletterie site really helpful and straightforward. I love the idea of using bias-binding for the edges – it’s such a nice detail. And the box pleat is very sweet. What a great pattern! I’ll definitely be making more of these 🙂
I bought this fabric years ago and attempted to use it to make a dress. However, those were the days when I didn’t have a clue about grainlines and as this fabric is reasonably stretchy the result wasn’t good! I kept the dress for years in my bag of clothes-that-didn’t-go-quite-right from which I occasionally pick out things to either try to salvage or pull apart to use as scrap fabric.
Last Sunday I was having an unsuccessful sewing day and ended up frustrated and annoyed at the top I was trying to make. As I demoted that project to the clothes-that-didn’t-go-quite-right bag, I stumbled across this dress and found myself re-inspired.
I used the original bodice I had made for the dress and added a bit of a flounce. There was little planning involved and at first I wasn’t sure that I liked the proportions of the top. However I tried it on and immediately loved how it felt – girlish and fun!
There’s going to be a bombardment of posts from me this week as I’m running a couple of weeks behind.
I thoroughly enjoyed making this top/tunic and I’m really happy with how it turned out. Unfortunately it’s too cold at the moment to wear without a jacket – disappointing because the back is my favourite part (I love the gathers and yoke). I plan to use the pattern again to make something more appropriate for winter.
IN LOVE. That’s how I feel about this fabric. It’s a fine silk that is so soft and delicate. I’m getting married early next year and am planning to make the dresses for my bridesmaids – I have a feeling this will be the fabric I’ll use! It’s hard to get a good idea of the colour, because it looks so different depending on the light.The closest match is probably the colour of the final photo.
I plan to make a cami to go underneath…I’ll keep you posted 🙂 Also, I haven’t hemmed it yet – the pattern suggested ‘leaving overnight to hang’ first. Which I’ve never heard of before! Can anyone shed some light on why this helps?