From July 2015

Second Sorbetto

Collette SorbettoThis is my second Collette Sorbetto. As I said in my previous post, I modified the pattern to have a curved hem instead of a straight across hem, which you can see better in this picture than you can in the photo of my yellow floral version.

I also made the pleat narrower, taking off 1/2″ of width from the marking on the pattern. The reason I did so is because the yellow version is a tad snug on the bust, and I didn’t want to have to do another FBA.

One thing that amuses me is that I seem to have a habit of making tops in pairs this year. I made two Granville shirts, and two Oakridge blouses… followed by two Sorbetto tanks! I do want to make more of this one though, with different detailing, as they’re super comfortable, and very quick to sew.

Modified Collette Sorbetto

Sorbetto is a free pattern from Collette, available as a PDF. It’s also an excellent beginner pattern. I’ve been wanting to make a quick garment to wear this summer, and this one fit the bill. It’s been made umpteen million times (okay, maybe not that many, but it’s an extremely popular pattern), so how could it possibly go wrong?

Why did I choose this pattern? First of all, there are two pattern pieces. No fussy cutting, and only darts to mark. It has a bias finish on the neckline and armholes, so there are no facings. It’s flattering, classic yet modern at the same time.

Surprisingly, I don’t have much in my fabric stash that is suitable, but I did have some leftover linen, as well as some fabric left over from one of the Sewaholic Granville shirts I made in the spring, so I have some options. I found out the hard way that the fabric I used in the Granville shrinks horribly, so I prewashed the remaining fabric. Yes, I know I should have prewashed. I always do, but I was in such a hurry to make the shirt that I skipped prewashing, and now I have a lovely handmade shirt that doesn’t even fit my 13 year old.

Prewash, people! I’ve been sewing for more than 25 years, and I still neglect this important step sometimes. Often, it doesn’t make a difference, but when it does, you’ll kick yourself for not doing it. Trust me.

Yellow sorbettoAnyway, I decided to make my first Sorbetto out of some lovely red & yellow cotton that I found in my stash. I’ll still have plenty to make a dress with, since it’s nice and wide. This pattern needs fabric with a bit of drape to it… I’ve seen it made out of quilting cotton, which is fine, unless you’re full-busted like I am. The pattern has only got side bust darts, and no real waist shaping, so it would fit like a paper bag if I used stiffer fabric for it. I usually save my quilting cotton for dresses.

Modifications were, of course, necessary. I had to do a full bust adjustment, which went fairly quickly and painlessly. I’ve done them enough times now that they come somewhat naturally, unless, of course, I am working with¬†a more complicated pattern. Sorbetto was a piece of cake though. I ended up doing a 1″ FBA, and used the size 10. I did not have to grade the pattern.

The other modification I made was to change the hemline. The top is a little on the short side for my liking, and I don’t really like the straight hem, so I used the hemline from the Granville shirt to both lengthen and change the shape of the hemline on my Sorbetto.

While I’m waxing poetic about my Sorbetto, I’m going to leave this here. Look how versatile this pattern is! 7 Days of Sorbetto. She even made a pattern for sleeves, since she doesn’t like the sleeveless top. She’s made a few different neckline variations, and even a 1920’s style¬†dress. I really quite like the tie front version, but I don’t think it would suit me.

Summer is not for knitters

Knitters, do you ever find yourself in a rut? I am right now. I am exceedingly bored with my daughter’s scarf, and haven’t touched it in weeks. I have had one outright sweater failure, and I’m not sure about the sweater I’m knitting now. I will probably frog it, because I’m not in love.

This tends to happen to me in the summer. I want to knit sweaters and shawls for fall, but it’s just too hot to knit. So instead, I find myself browsing Ravelry, looking for something to knit that won’t require a trip to the yarn shop, but since I’ve got sweaters on my mind, nothing else will do!

I even reached out to my friends on Facebook, asking them for ideas for something quick, since I’m in a rut and I don’t want a project that needs swatching, and I want it to be quick and dirty. I’ll probably knit up some cancans, because I have loads of fingering and I love fingerless gloves…