I thought it was about time to try and make something for myself as my daughter has enough clothes at the moment. My dream is to make myself a closet full of pretty dresses – the kind of 1950′s style which all seems to be in at the moment, the ones with a fitted bodice and flouncy knee-length skirt. But I thought it best to start on something a little easier and quicker and the lovely Sorbetto top (free pattern download from The Colletterie) came up trumps.
I bought the light cotton material from Elegance in Derby which I think was about £7 a metre. I absolutely love the colours in this fabric. I forgot to buy matching thread, so used some fuschia pink thread I had left from the bird wings, which I quite like the contrast against the green background.
One thing I did have trouble with which I’m hoping someone in the blogosphere reading this might be able to enlighten me with is the binding. I made my own bias binding using a fantastic continuous binding tutorial on The Colletterie. The instructions for the top said I needed one inch wide binding, and the tutorial showed you how to make binding using one inch wide fabric. They way I read it was that the tutorial was for one inch wide binding which I assumed meant it would work with the one inch wide binding I needed for the top. However, I think I really needed two inch wide fabric so when folded to make the binding it would then be one inch wide. One inch of fabric was not enough and I ended up having the raw edge of the material on show on the inside seam as I didn’t have enough to fold it over to hide the edge (which I was really disappointed about as I made the effort to make french seams so all the raw edges would be encased and hidden).
If what I have said makes sense to someone reading this, I would be very grateful if they would clarify for me! I think when (I say when because I will) I make another one of these, I will cut two inches width so when it is one inch width when folded into the binding.
I love seeing the different variations people have made to the Sorbetto and would love to make something with lace and buttons down the front, a top in a one colour with the binding in contrasting colour, and maybe a simple top with little sleeves. The options are endless really. That’s one thing I really love about sewing is the endless possibilities at customising something to suit your style.
But alas this will be my last post for a while. In roughly seven weeks’ time I am leaving the UK where I have lived for the last 12 years and moving back to my home country of Australia with my daughter and English partner. After waiting over five months for his visa to come through, there has been a mad panic booking flights and shipping containers, finalising finances, closing accounts and everything else that is needed to do before moving out there. This weekend all our belongings will be packed inside a 20 foot container where it will sail across the ocean for two months until we can be reunited with it on the other side of the world. Meaning for the next two months, we are literally living out of a suitcase.
So until we get settled again living upside down, sewing or making anything will just be a dream.
See you in a couple of months! xx