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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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Orange is good for you …

skirtI made a skirt! No pattern was involved, it’s just made up using some old (but lovely) orange (my new favourite colour) wool, tweed fabric (£1.50, Oxfam), a bit of spare lining, a recycled zip and some petersham ribbon (£3.99 for a huge roll, Oxfam) and it came together surprisingly well. I cut the fabric pieces slightly shaped at the top to create ‘hips’ and with a little to-ing and fro-ing gradually got the darts in just the right place to create a good fit.

photo-2I finished the seams with the overlocker, inserted the invisible zip, made the lining, then turned over the waistband and used the petersham ribbon as a facing. I hand stitched the hem (so neat) and, bingo, I have a new wearable, warm and ultra useful skirt!

photo-3To be honest, I really enjoyed this simple, ‘make it up as you go along’ game. It reminded me of my early sewing ventures when I thought I could free wheel to success (but actually the ride was better than the end result!), no rules and any mistakes quickly taken on board and hopefully not repeated. I’ve worn this skirt loads over the last couple of weeks so I’d call that a success and I love it!

By the way, you might like to know that the Great British Sewing Bee book is in W H Smith for a bargain price of £7.99, in case like me, you didn’t get it the first time round. It’s lovely and you can look at Patrick the pretty pictures for hours on end while you wait for the new series to start!

Have a lovely weekend!


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