The “Post Sandy” Sorbetto

The Facts
Fabric: 2 yards Free Spirit coral cotton from Brooklyn General, $21, recycled from my “Peachy Two Piece” Ensemble
Pattern: Colette Sorbetto, minus the pleat, plus the sleeve pattern that someone drafted and was posted here on the Sew Weekly last year
Year: 2011
Notions: none
First worn: 11/11
Wear again: yes
Time to complete: about 4 hours
Total cost: still $21

It’s only a Sorbetto, but sometimes the simplest projects can be formidable mountains to climb.  I took one measly week off from sewing and suddenly I was overwhelmed with other commitments and the overbooked state of the month on top of my fragile state of mind since Sandy blew through.  I’m always amazed by how easy it is to form a habit and, on the other hand, how easy it is to fall back out of one.  I’m happy I made my way to the sewing machine even though it seemed impossible until about Saturday afternoon, by which time I usually have a fully formed plan if not a fully formed garment.

I cut the front and back from the top I made for the 20s challenge and the sleeves and neck binding from the remaining fabric.  The 20s top had to go.  I tried to wear it a couple of different ways after the challenge, but the unflattering fit and messy v-neckline bothered me.  Plus I’d managed to stain the underarms with my deodorant while fitting it and then ironed those stains in permanently in the construction process before I became aware of them.  Boo.  The refashion was straightforward.  Not the cleanest finish on the inside, and the left and right sleeves seemed to turn out differently– maybe I mixed up the right and wrong sides on one?  I don’t think anyone but me will notice.  I AM hoping those creases– from the former top’s hem and where I folded to make the center front and back– will come out in the wash.

I can wear this top with two ready-to-wear summer skirts that sadly became orphans at some point; I originally bought the fabric for that purpose before I was distracted by the 20s idea.  It also pairs well with dark brown linen pants from my academic conference days and this 70s blue corduroy wrap skirt, another two pieces I love but have a hard time making outfits out of.  I took off my weather-appropriate gray merino cardigan for these photos.  I really like gray and coral together, so that’s a match I’ll continue to wear, also with jeans.  Hello, wardrobe staple!

We’re posing by one of the many massive old trees that came down in our neighborhood during Sandy.  Heartbreaking.



Lee is a highly educated stay at home mom with a lot of projects. She lives in New York City.


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  1. That is a massive tree but I love that color on you. I think we’re all in a bit of fragile mind set.

  2. First, I’m SO glad that you made it through Sandy, I was worried! I really like your top, I’m glad it could be done fairly “easily” even though you’ve got other things on your mind. That tree is tragic. Here’s hoping the rest of your friends and family are doing ok.
    Oh, and Krista is here! Good to hear from her as well : )

  3. Very cute and it really does look like it will go with so many things. I’m so glad you are all ok. What a scary experience for you.

  4. Welcome back! I’m so glad you are in one piece (unlike that poor tree- how sad) and able to be back sewing. I’m sorry that the 20s outfit had to go, because I loved it on you, but hopefully you’ll be a lot happier with this one.

  5. Glad to hear you are all okay Lee what a terribly scary situation. Your top certainly brightens up your surroundings hopefully everything gets back to normal sooner than later.

  6. Your top is a lovely bright spot in what has been a rather dark place. I’m glad you are all ok. I also like that you recycled something that was not working. I hope that beautiful tree can become something new and beautiful too.