Sunday, November 24, 2013

Raspberry Sorbetto


I arrived home from work last Thursday, to find out my daughter who was procrastinating from studying, had cleaned the house from top to bottom.  Fantastic, I had a three day weekend ahead and no chores!  What is a girl to do; sew of course!





I began with a pattern that has been on my radar for quite some time, Colette Sorbetto.  I had some very bright pink floral seersucker that I wasn't sure what to do with and found a remnant of pink gingham in my leftovers basket.  I knew the two were destined to be together.  I whipped down to the mall and picked up a bias binding maker to make the job easier.  Up until now, I had made binding manually.  This little tool is a revelation.  Why had I waited this long to buy one of these things!  They are worth their weight in gold.  I made the Sorbetto up in a size 4 and lengthened the pattern to the larges size.  I graded to a size 6 in the hips.  I really like this top and I know there will be more.



It was while I was making my Sorbetto, that I had a brainwave!  I had tragically spilled bleach on my lovely linen shift dress earlier in the week rendering it useless.  After mourning it's loss for a few days and berating myself for my carelessness, I whipped out the zip and using the useful pieces, a remnant of compressed dacron, and the leftovers from my Sorbetto, I made a bag.  I feel a whole lot better about the demise of one of my favourite dresses now!  As a bonus, it is the perfect size work tote.  I can fit in my diary, morning tea, and a cardigan and my keys, phone and other little essentials all live in the two small interior pockets. 


16 comments:

  1. Your top and bag are both cute! I still make my bias manually as well, but it sounds like I need to get one of those makers, too. How did you decide what size to buy?

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    1. Thank you! I bought the 3/4" even though the pattern stipulates 1''. I figured I would get more use from it.

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  2. Looks super ~ I do love the Sorbetto pattern! Could I also ask about the bias maker - any chance of you doing a quick little blog post about it - sounds like something we all could do with ... J

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    1. Sure, I can do that! I have more tops to make so will get my camera out when I do!

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  3. Ah - the ingenuity of the mighty female!! Well done. Both the shirt and the bag look great. I love seersucker but have yet to sew with it. Does it stretch with all the little slouchy bits? Bias binding can make a quick and very professional looking finish. Congratulations. Cheers, Karen

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    1. No, seersucker is lovely and stable. Good looks and nice to work with is a winner in my books.

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  4. I love your Sorbetto! I`ve made one and I definitely plan to make another.

    And how smart are you for reincarnating your dress as a bag!

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    1. Thank you. There will be more Sorbettos here as well, as soon as I find something to make them out of.

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  5. Eye catching little top. Very bright and summery. I too have just sewn some seersucker. Plain white but a delight to sew

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  6. I love that fabric for your Sorbetto - it reminds me of a skirt I had in Grade 11 (1977!). Those beautiful daisies and the pink... I spilled nail polish on mine - right down the front and couldn't wear it again...I feel your pain. At least you can get some enjoyment from your old dress.

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    1. Isn't it annoying when you put so much time into something and then ruin it. I bet it wouldn't have happened if I didn't like the dress!

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  7. I too love the fabric of your Sorbetto - bring on summer :)

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  8. I love shell tops and your colour choice is eyepoppingly gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you. I am trying to focus on things more useful and less frivolous at the moment and this fits the category.

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