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A Sanderson Sorbetto …

My goodness, that was a break and a half! Sometimes it’s good to ‘just be’. No need to document my every move and make, just time to do stuff and enjoy it without writing about it (it’s actually quite refreshing!). With my blogging holiday behind me I think I’m ready to join in again and there’s so, so much I seem to have missed, but first …

With a bit of time out and a couple of new makes under my belt, I’ll start with a (somewhat predictable) …  Sorbetto! Or, as I like to call it, my Sor-boat-o (a Sorbetto with a boat neck, of course)!

photo 1I have quite a few (hundreds of them) Sorbetto tops now and all based on this fabulous free pattern from Colette. For this version I omitted the front pleat and altered the shoulder width and neckline to create the boat neck shape with a simple paper cut out. I also added sleeves and made a facing for the neckline which gave a nice, smooth finish. I made this in a couple of stress free hours and it came together perfectly.


photo 1aI used the left overs of my Pull Yourself Together dress and I’ve worn it to death already. I’ve since discovered that the fabric is Sanderson ‘Primitif’ from the early 60s, a ‘modernist sunflower design’, I love the colours.

photo 5photo 2aI have a bit of this fabric over and am thinking it would make a great skirt … Those Von Trapps have nothing on me!

In other news, I think I have to be realistic and let the Dolly Clackett Sewing Challenge pass me by which is TERRIBLE!  I’d have loved to have taken part, maybe I’ll manage my own little homage to the bride to be at a later date. Have you seen the entries on the Flickr page? So lovely!

Me Made May is also fast approaching and I’m thinking I’ll maybe hide in a corner under some vintage curtain fabric this year and hope no one notices that I’m not taking part. I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone else wears May, it’s always inspirational and a great way of discovering new bloggers and patterns.

And, the Great British Sewing Bee is over. Dare I say that I didn’t agree with the judges final decision? … (pause as tumble weed blows silently across the work room). In fact I found myself disagreeing with quite a few things Patrick and May said this year, oh dear, was it just me?!

Right, I’m off to eat far too many chocolate eggs with Jimmy and co. Have a very happy and relaxing Easter everyone! xx




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Satisfying sewing and a floppy top …

Not long ago, I found a rather lovely skirt in a charity shop …


Unfortunately, there was no way I could squeeze into it but I absolutely loved the fabric and for £2.99 I had to have it. It’s floppy and silky and the pattern has a real 50s feel to it. Being a UK 6, there wasn’t a great deal to play with, but I knew I could use it along with my comfortable Miz Mozelle left-overs and create myself something new. I do love a bit of upcycling!


I used the one pattern that I know won’t fail me. The pattern I love and have used many times. The pattern that is so versatile you can make an entire wardrobe from it and still never get bored … in fact this is my seventh Sorbetto, that’s one for each day of the week, just like those sets of socks you can buy or those baby bibs only much, much better!

With the small amount of fabric I had to play with, I cut the back in two pieces and put a fake fastening in using a little vintage glass button.


Shush now! No one’s going to notice that wonky stitching … I used a wide bias binding on the neck to tie the whole colour block business together. It’s a nice soft one rather than the stiff versions, so much nicer to work with.

I’ve been making this top as and when I have a minute over the last couple of weeks. Today with the finish line in sight, I put in some sleeves and overlocked the raw edges …

IMG_3370Yep, it had to happen at some point, those pesky knives!

IMG_3371I had to unpick the sleeve, re-cut it and the insert it all over again, but I got there in the end …

IMG_3386I gently gathered the sleeves onto a band  and then tried to look (cough) sultry while Jimmy took a picture or two …

IMG_3372Yes, I am hugging the dress form for a bit of a back view …

And at my sewing desk all tidy (with the guilty overlocker) and ready for the next project.


Phew, I’ve used up some left over scraps and an unloved skirt and with the help of my free Colette pattern I’ve made a top that will get lots of wear, bingo! (After my last post, I probably shouldn’t mention bingo …).


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