My sister rather rudely awakened me to the fact that MMJune starts on WEDNESDAY! I thought it at least didn't start until the weekend. Of course, I also wrote that it was 2008 on a bank deposit slip last week. Just saying. I'm not really on top of things. Anyways, I realized I have a large problem. The SW challenge this week is to make "The Perfect Summer Dress". I have my perfect summer dress pattern, from 1935. I don't have fabric for it and I really don't need another dress for MMJune.
I need tops. Badly. I have 5, but one is flannel and one is a little too much on the vintage side to wear to work. Boo! So I decided to do a 7/7 challenge, like Mena did on the SW, only I would do it with tops instead of dresses. I kick-started it with Colette Patterns new free pattern, "Sorbetto". This is actually also my first time sewing with a Colette Pattern!
Can you tell I'm in love with it? It is reminiscent of a simple edwardian shirtwaist with the center pleat detail, but my colors and the drape of the linen fabric made mine feel more late 1920s/early 1930s, so I styled it to that era (I need a longer chain of pearls).
Pattern: Colette Patterns' "Sorbetto" $0
Fabric: Silver sparkly linen, leftover from the "Meh" dress. I didn't even really have a yardage, just scraps from my scrap box. $0
Notions: Bias tape (JoAnns $1.25?), blue braid trim (Lorraine Fabrics $.99), crochet trim (JoAnns, purchased for another project).
Time: Approximately 6 hours...all that trim meant a LOT of pinning!
Cost: $3, roughly!
This pattern was delightful to sew! I can see why the Colette Patterns are so popular. They are very well-drafted/written. I did, however, alter it slightly. I had to take it in at the armpits and up a smidge in the back shoulder seams but those are my usual alterations. I also added some darts to the back to give it more shape.
I think I am going to make it again as a pajama top, with their free bloomer pattern, only out of white muslin and do it properly edwardian feeling. I do want to make my other summer pajamas but I haven't found the right fabric yet.
On another note, I went swimming today, to celebrate the holiday weekend! Then my sister and I got lost in the trails for about an hour and came out in someone's back yard.
But back to the sewing...
How am I planning on accomplishing my seven tops? Well, JoAnns is conveniently having a 5 for $5 Simplicity sale at the moment, so I snagged up several patterns, including a full price New Look. I did my PatternReview.com research before going. After, my sister and I headed off to Lorraine Fabrics to the $1.99/yd bargain loft for sufficient top making fabric. I would have loved to stashbust, but back when I was buying up my stash I had little knowledge of what is appropriate for garment construction, so most of it isn't. Approximately $40 spent and hopefully well invested!
See you tomorrow!