Floral cotton sorbetto with pintucks.
Completed: May 9th.
For me the whole point of joining up to this year's Me Made May challenge was to kickstart my making mojo. I've had the mindset recently that I don't have the time to make things. While it's true that baby wrangling doesn't always allow me the time to complete a project in one sitting, there are times when I can do just a stage or two of a project. I've not always been particularly good at the little-and-often school of making, if inspiration strikes (and I have all the materials to hand) I prefer to go go go till it's done.
I have previously made two of Colette Pattern's free download Sorbetto before - pony and plain and put them together relatively quickly, but this time circumstances meant that I had to make it in stages. Day 1: cutting fabric. Day 2: morning- darts and seams, evening- making continuous bias binding (this tutorial). Day 3: morning- pintucks, neck binding, evening- arm hole binding, hemming.
Changes I made:
Originally I wanted to make it with the front pleat but I didn't have enough fabric so was going to leave it plain. I felt like it needed something though, so I stitched these five little pintucks down the front. I also added a bit of length to the pattern.
Changes I should have made:
I only realsised once it was done that I should have shifted the darts down a bit (the last time I made it I didn't have post-pregnancy bazooms!) The fit is ok but it could be better.
Usually I would go for a darker, more muted palate but I chose this lightweight floral cotton for a couple of reasons. I was inspired in part by the pink floral print sorbetto that Lauren wore on the Great Brittish Sewing Bee (she added buttons down the back which is a nice touch), and I think I was subconsciously inspired by a little white/blue floral blouse my sister had in the '90s which had pintucks down each side of the buttons (although I only remembered about that blouse when I was stitching the pintucks on this top!) Mainly though, summer is coming and I think I could do with some more light, bright summery options.
I've worn it out already (with a pale purple vest underneath and a blue cardigan on top, because summer isn't quite here yet) and it was nice and comfy. So it's a handy summer wardrobe addition and a lesson in the value of the little-and-often approach to sewing.