Why make a simple Colette Sorbetto top in just an hour when you can spread it out over several?
This is how you do it.
- Take a failed skirt project – a Zinnia since you’re asking – ignore the beautifully done, probably never to be repeated, invisible zip insertion and attempt to cut out a new pattern from the salvaged fabric.
- Remember the reason the original skirt failed was your inability to match the plaid but continue regardless, confident you will not make the same mistake twice.
- Cut out two fronts by mistake.
- Manage to salvage a back but in two pieces instead of one and about 3 inches too short
- Find some toning fabric to make the back pieces long enough and try to make it look like a design feature.
- Fail to match the plaid on the back and one side but it’s either carry on or bin it.
- Make your own bias tape.
- Attach the bias tape to one armhole, do it wrong and unpick it.
- Realise you didn’t do it wrong after all and re-attach it.
- Wonder if you could enter it in Sew2Pro’s homage to Vivienne Westwood competition as it is tartan and non-conformist.
- Wonder if you should enter the next Great British Sewing Bee.
- Resign yourself to wearing it only with a cardi or jacket over the top.
Come to the awful realisation that, despite the front being cut on a fold and therefore must surely match, the pleat throws the pattern out again. Definitely one for wearing out in the garden with a pair of shorts and chalking up to experience.
At least it’s Easter so I can console myself with chocolate.