The Don’t Stand So Close to Me Sorbetto
Fabric: I honestly haven’t the foggiest. Some sort of rayon blend for the yoke and some sort of cotton blend for the rest. All of it came from my stash.
Pattern: Colette Sorbetto
Notions: Self-made bias tape (UGH!)
Time to Complete: 24 Hours (I don’t want to talk about it.)
First Worn: January 9, 2012
Wear Again: Absolutely not.
This one gave me the fits. I was going for something like this (the lovely Katharine Hepburn):
As inspired by this:
A lovely vintage necklace I inherited from my great-grandmother. It’s long and the beads are big but not too big. My great-grandmother was a very fashionable lady and when she passed, we found boxes of period costume jewelry, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s. I liked this piece for it’s Art Deco vibe–the beads are sparkly and textured, something I attempted to mimic with my choice of fabric.
What I ended up with–after 24 hours of sewing, basting, pinning, basting again, sewing some more, ripping out seams (many, many, many seams… ridiculous amount of seams for a two seam garment), futzing with darts to get rid of under arm gap, and bias tape–oh the horror that is bias tape!:
Even the picture is horrendous (it wouldn’t fix despite my best efforts!).
What I like about this shirt: I learn a LOT. I got out my serger for the first time and figured out how it basically works, and even managed to make it go around a curved seam. It was AWESOME. Inserting sleeves is not as daunting as it once was. After hours–too, too many hours!–and about three attempts, one in which I some how managed to rip my bias tape when attempting to remove it, I managed to wrangle it into some sort of semblance of submission. Because my main fabric wasn’t wide enough, I was forced to get over my fear of pattern manipulation; I had to modify the Sorbetto pattern so that I could cut a yoke out of a separate peice of fabric.
So, even though I call it the “Don’t Stand so Close to Me Sorbetto” because it really only looks good from a distance… a long, long, LONG distance… away, maybe I should call it the “Starter Sorbetto” or “Things I Learned Sorbetto” if for no other reason than, despite myself, I learned a ridiculous amount while crafting (can I even use that word for this abomination) this beast.