Thursday, 8 May 2014
Sorbetto: the revenge of polka dots
You get a hastily taken wonky image of this one. Told you it's not a photography blog. My left hand is being dragged away by a toddler who is in a huff.
I'm not wild about my fabric choice here. It's a bit Minni Mouse, and polka dots on the binding AND the main fabric? What was I thinking? I'll tell you what I was thinking: I like red, and I like purple, and I like them together, and OH LOOK POLKA DOTS. At no point did I envisage the unholy mess they'd be when placed together on this garment. In addition, the fabric has too much body for this top. It would make a lovely dress, but this top would be better in a cotton lawn or something. If I tone it down with a cream cardigan it's totally good for layering, so I'll still wear it.
I made a bunch more pattern changes after my last post about fitting sorbetto. I took another 1/2" off each side seam and shaped the CB even more. In total, this lost another 3" around the waist. This was because my husband described it as looking like a sack. I also lowered the arm-holes a tad. I think I'm finally done with pattern alterations. It must have worked though; I wore the top for a whole day and didn't feel uncomfortable or self-conscious in it, the way I do with some of my efforts when the fabric is pulling and the fit is bad. The first day I spent in this dress was a saggy baggy hell.
Hey ho. I think I'll make it more tastefully next time. How about a lace yoke and plain bottom? Or some nice pale broderie anglaise with a coloured trim? Or a light chambray with pintucks instead of a centre pleat, and floral trim?