The Wrath of the Tartans

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.

  1.  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.
  2. 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.
  3. Cut out two fronts by mistake.
  4. Manage to salvage a back but in two pieces instead of one and about 3 inches too short
  5. Find some toning fabric to make the back pieces long enough and try to make it look like a design feature.
  6. Wrath of the Tartans (2)Fail to match the plaid on the back and one side but it’s either carry on or bin it.
  7. Wrath of the Tartans (1)Make your own bias tape.
  8. Wrath of the Tartans (4)Attach the bias tape to one armhole, do it wrong and unpick it.
  9. Realise you didn’t do it wrong after all and re-attach it.
  10. Wonder if you could enter it in Sew2Pro’s homage to Vivienne Westwood competition as it is tartan and non-conformist.Sew2ProVivienneWestwoodChallenge
  11. Wonder if you should enter the next Great British Sewing Bee.
  12. Resign yourself to wearing it only with a cardi or jacket over the top.Colette Sorbetto Top

  13.   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.

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  1. #1 by Jan Marriott on April 19, 2014 - 13:28

    I love your Judy/mannequin. Hope that makes you feel a bit better. Kinda like one of those days when you drop everything.

    • #2 by tialys on April 20, 2014 - 08:37

      I hope I don’t have another one of those today Jan, as I’m sewing a 50s style summer dress and 4 meters of fabric are involved.

  2. #3 by sew2pro on April 19, 2014 - 14:00

    Wow, I didn’t expect that last picture!! It looks great (the checks and the bias binding make it a-more-interesting-than-usual Sorbetto). There are some lovely cashmere cardies around, you know!!

    • #4 by tialys on April 20, 2014 - 08:42

      Thanks Marianna. It’s just so annoying as, if I’d cut out a back and a front from the abandoned skirt fabric, as planned, it would have worked out as quite a good salvage job. Ah well, tomorrow is another day.

  3. #5 by katechiconi on April 19, 2014 - 20:49

    My condolences. But it’s still a pretty top. I think the solution is to make another one straight away in a fabric which doesn’t require matching, achieve it in record time, and feel the sense of achievement you lack with this one. Oh, and eat plenty of chocolate….

  4. #6 by tialys on April 20, 2014 - 08:46

    I’m making a dress with loads of tiny polka dots which I’m making absolutely no attempt to match! I have got a rather ‘posh’ Easter egg which Mr. T. bought me – something involving Sicilian lemons! I don’t wish to appear ungrateful but I’m rather lusting after the one he bought Mlle. T. instead which is a good old Cadbury’s one. Ssshh – don’t tell him.

  5. #7 by nottaholiday on July 1, 2019 - 14:00

    I’m amazed there wasn’t an intricate construction without bobbin thread episode in there….

    • #8 by tialys on July 1, 2019 - 14:23

      Don’t think I haven’t been there before – just not in that particular project.

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