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Another attempt to reduce my fabric stash before I am found buried beneath multiple past purchases and a mountain of ‘to do’ lists.
Almost everyone – in the amateur dressmaking world at least – has probably made a Sorbetto top at some time or another. It’s a free pattern from Colette which is a simple sleeveless top, embellished with a pleat down the centre to give it a bit of ‘je ne sais quoi’.
I have made many and these are just a few that I can find photos for.
This one was made for Mlle. Tialys the Younger, pandering to her liking for things oriental.
This one which might have been some sort of homage to Vivienne Westwood though I doubt it. I just liked the tartan. Actually, I don’t know where this one is. I must have a rummage through my ironing basket where I put ‘stuff for Summer’ at the end of each Summer when I know it won’t be needed again for a while but, because of my tempestuous relationship with the ironing basket, most of the ‘stuff’ never again sees the light of day. ***
The lovely Liberty fabric one where I profited from a short sleeve hack that somebody had been kind enough to work out and put for free online.
Then there was the more recent Broderie Anglaise one with Peter Rabbit trim which I made for Mlle. T. the Elder as half of a pair of shortie P.J.s last Christmas.
So, when I wanted to make a pull on over your head, easy to wear Summer dress with short sleeves (I’d made several such dresses last Summer but sleeveless) I thought I’d try making the Sorbetto top into a dress and I had some of my quilting fabric in mind. I don’t know why I bought so much of this, I usually buy small amounts for patchwork projects, so it must have been on sale or something or maybe I bought it with a dressmaking project in mind. Who knows or dares to dream? Not me. But, no matter, I had it and it needed something doing with it.
I made the bias binding for all of these tops and, although I toyed with the idea of making it in a contrast fabric for this dress, I stuck to using the same one for around the neck and the sleeves. That’s the stuff going through my little bias binding making gadget.
I also toyed with the idea of leaving out the pleat down the centre of the front. I like to toy with ideas, can you tell? Anyway, I reasoned that, without it, it would look just like any old plain, short sleeved dress so I left it in. Now it looks like any old plain, short sleeved dress with a pleat down the front but that’s the look I was going for.
I am all alone at the moment so have no photographer available and, if I can be frank with you, couldn’t be bothered to dig out my remote for the camera, so you’ll have to believe me when I say it looks better on me than on her.
Nothing complicated went on here, I just graded out the pattern slightly from below the waistline to the length I wanted and it worked out quite well. I always scoop the neck out lower too with this pattern as one woman’s scoop is another woman’s high neck.
*** For those of you who care – I just remembered what happened to the tartan top (well it was 2014) and you can read about it here . No wonder I’d wiped it from my memory although I wasn’t far off with my Vivienne Westwood connection. Read it and weep.
Remember this Liberty fabric I bought at the recent Knitting and Stitching Exhibition?
Well, I didn’t really have any plans for it when I bought it but a friend of mine was looking for a pattern to make a simple top with some silky fabric she has and I remembered the Sorbetto top by Colette patterns which I had downloaded but never made up. So, I thought it would also suit the tana lawn quite well.
Here’s me getting ready with the remote. I am also testing out my daylight lamp as a photography aid. My house is not very good for letting in natural light as it is very old and designed for keeping the heat out. However, I need to photograph some little people’s clothes for my shop and I am not satisfied with my results so far so I am experimenting.
I seem to be looking unbearably smug in this photograph but that might be because I made my own bias binding to go around the neck and I also used it for the sleeves. Get me!
So chuffed was I with it, I had to actually photograph it on its own. I take my pleasures where I find them these days!
The gadget you need is this Clover bias binding maker which didn’t come with any instructions. I followed this video tutorial by The Little Tailoress where you have the added bonus of somebody looking adorable in a pink floral Liberty dress but you can’t hate her for it as she seems so nice.
This little top is very simple to make. I have seen claims of making it in 45 minutes from beginning to end. Hmmm. Maybe if you don’t add sleeves or make your own bias binding. Maybe if your bobbin doesn’t run out and the postman doesn’t knock on the door. Maybe if you don’t have to stop for a wee and a cup of tea halfway through. Or is that just me? Anyway, it is quick and you could probably squeeze one out of a metre of fabric if you mess with the layout and it is a very handy top for summer. I will definitely be making more.
I seem to have come over all Victorian in that I can’t bear to see a naked machine in my workroom in case anybody is titillated by a glimpse of walking foot or corrupted by a suggestion of a tension knob. Actually the Victorians get a bad press in the prudish stakes but that is the subject of another post which I most probably won’t write.
Anyway, you may remember I made a highly complicated and fussy cover for one of my sewing machines. This time I wanted to protect my ‘bargain from Lidl, Pfaff overlocker’ as it is affectionately if long windedly known, from dust. ‘Dust?’ I hear you say, ‘Mais, non!’ but I am afraid that, despite my slavish devotion to housework , specks of dust may sometimes appear. **Pause to perform Heimlich manoeuvre on family members choking on their breakfast**
Anyway, if you have ever tried – and I’m willing to believe you haven’t – it is very difficult to find a pattern for an overlocker cover. I mean, I know you could just fold a bit of ready quilted fabric in half and run up the sides but I wanted something that actually fit. Eventually, I found a free pattern here and adapted the measurements to fit my machine.
Sorry about the bad light in the photos today but the weather has been pants here lately and, in order to get this one, I had to squeeze myself between a wall and a console table in a narrow corridor which had the only decent bit of natural light. Anyway, you get the idea. Although I am a big girl, I went for some Kawaii type fabric as I liked the kissing bunnies, the bambi and the colours PLUS it came from a local shop so no shipping fees which is always a bonus. And look, I did piping. It’s all padded and lined too. There should have been a pocket on the front but I didn’t add one because I will only fill it with stuff and then it will p*** me off whenever I get the urge to serge.
I know some people like to have covers for kitchen equipment like toasters and mixers and stuff but I haven’t gone down that road. What about you, dear reader? Do you feel inclined to swathe your equipment in fabric or do you leave it bare and just flick it over with a feather duster now and then? (ooer Missus) Do tell.