Thursday 18 April 2013


Hey everyone! So I finally got around to photographing my finished Sorbetto during one of my study breaks. Enjoy the lovely balcony shots. In some of them you can even see the reflection of my gibbled tripod on a chair. Lovely!

The white thing awkwardly placed between my legs is an outlet, in case you were curious ;)
I sewed this one as a break from the gathering-hell that my steampunk skirt has become. I think my thread is old and/or cheap because it breaks every 5 seconds. And I have METERS of fabric to gather. The pattern instructs to gather in 4 bunches, but I'm going to have to do it in about 20!

Sorbetto was a bit of a breeze compared to that, so it was a proper break! Hooray!

That's not to say it went ahead without issue! First, I misread the pattern and for whatever reason, I thought I was supposed to finish the hem with bias binding tape. Apparently you're not, but by then I'd already cut the fabric and didn't have room to hem it normally without making it too short. And that's after I already lengthened in a bit! This is my first Colette pattern, but do they tend to run short a lot?

My second issue were the darts. Somehow, when I was transferring the marking, they ended up being in two completely spots! I left the higher one and moved the other one so they're symmetrical.

The final issue was the fit. Apparently I was blind/rushed/lazy/dumb when I was fitting and didn't notice the gaping at the neck while checking the fit. So after binding the edges, it now has some serious gape issues at the neck. This problem is common for me in off-the-rack clothing, so I think it has to do with my body shape. Narrow shoulders and a possibly hollow chest are my main culprits. By the time I noticed (as I was preparing to take these pictures), I didn't feel up to fixing it. Maybe later. But I'll wear it anyway.

I graded the pattern 2 sizes between the bust and the waist and it ended up a touch boxy, but I don't mind. I think it works for the style of the top.

I just had to include this picture because I have no idea what the hell I'm doing. Between my super awkward arms and the totally bizarre expression on my face, this one is definitely a share-worthy derp.

This one also counts towards the Stashbusting Challenge, since I actually can't remember when I got this fabric. I still have a bit left to figure out what to do with.

Evidence of the neckline gaping in case you couldn't see it in the far-away shots. Also, you can see the tiny dots on the top part much better here! AND you can see part of my giant cat scratch.

Pattern: Sorbetto by Colette (available free here)
Fabric: White cotton with graduated red polka dots. Likely bought from Fabricland. From stash.
Notions: White thread and white bias tape.


  1. Oh, I really like your Sorbetto and the fabric you used is awesome! Yes, this pattern is rather on the short side (but I have not encountered the same issue on other Colette patterns) and it is also a bit boxy so on my versions I tend to flare the side seam out by about an inch to give the illusion of shape - makes sense? Also, the gaping you got at the neck happened to me as well on an early version and it was because the bias tape I used was much heaver than the fabric. Regardless of the gaping, this top looks great on you - I bet you find yourself wearing it all the time this summer!

    1. Thanks for the heads up about the bias tape. That totally makes sense of why it looked normal when I was checking the fit. I rarely use bias tape, so I'm not very knowledgeable about it. I think I need to buy a bias tape maker so I can just use the fabric for the bias tape.

      And thank you for your kind words! :)

  2. This fabric is so pretty! Also, yes, Colette patterns are often short, and be especially careful of measure-before-you-cut with their dresses: granted, I'm low waisted and don't like flashing my thighs, but I usually have to lengthen both the bodice and the skirt of their patterns to get anything wearable. As in up to 6" to the skirts to make them come just below my knee, and I'm only 5'4".