Make that two down, 5 to go!
Last week I managed to sew the first item, a blouse based loosely on Colette Patterns Sorbetto.
I say loosely because I made quite a few changes, as you will see.
Firstly I cut the body on the bias. The first Sorbetto I made is quite boxy on me and while I do like it, it's not the most flattering garment I own. I had experimented with a bias cut sleeveless Sorbetto earlier in the year (I wear it in bed) and the shape works much better for me with a bit of drape to it.
Secondly, it has sleeves. Not just any old sleeves, sleeves with gathered cuffs and buttons, and buttonholes! (I don't like doing buttonholes!)
I used a sleeve pattern I downloaded ages ago, and basically lengthened so it was about 2 inches longer than I wanted the finished length to be. I made some narrow cuffs and loosely pleated the sleeve fabric into them, finishing each with a buttonhole (which worked really well - maybe I should be less scared of buttonholes?) and a button from my button tin.
I also added 3 buttons at the top of the front pleat, which I had inverted and only sewed down the top 2 inches.
So there you have it. A somewhat altered Sorbetto. I wore it on Sunday with skinny jeans and boots, and it looked pretty good. So good in fact that hubby asked where I bought it!
That simple little Sorbetto took me a week to complete, so I was wondering how long it would take to make my next project, a dress from Burda 7301.
2 evenings! That's how long! Fabulous.
This is made from a polyester ponte knit, so no finishing of seam allowances was required. This considerably speeded up the process, as this part normally takes me ages.
I made a few changes here as well, although only minor ones to improve the fit.
I started by shortening the skirt 2 inches. I should also have shortened the bodice by an inch I realised when I tried it on. The bust pleats were sitting far too low. I solved this by taking the shoulder seam up an inch, but next time I'd do it properly and shorten the bodice in the correct place.
|Ugh, our garden needs some work!|
The back darts had to be enlarged, as it was very loose. I ended up making them about double the width at the base as the pattern showed. I also took the side seams in between the under arm and the waist by about an inch each side.
I know it's supposed to be semi-fitted, but it was just a bit too shapeless for my curves.
I also omitted the notched neckline, as these have a tendency to flop down and annoy me!
|Managed to capture the edge of my wheely bin "tripod" in this one!|
I'm not sure the fabric was really the best choice for this style, but I'm happy with the end result. It's exactly what I want from an "everyday" dress. Stylish (I hope), but comfortable and it's not going to crease however long I spend sitting in the car - which can sometimes be a long time!
Based on these two finished items (and my failed knitted skirt) can you tell what my favourite colour is?!