colette sorbetto

Paisley Park

Will there ever be a time that I get tired of making Colette Sorbettos? Will there be a time that you get tired of seeing me make Sorbettos? Let’s hope that’s a no on both accounts because I love me some Sorbettos!!!


I’m still stash busting with a ton of success. I had a bit of this teal, paisley ITY jersey knit fabric. I turned it this way and that until I could figure out how to squeeze out a shirt. I had to cut the back in two pieces. I was still able to add a bit of length and create a curved hem. My two absolute musts with this pattern.


So what’s different about this version compared to all my others? The way I finished off the edges! Last year I cut up a t-shirt and made it into a tank top. I finished the edges by checking out my favorite RTW tank top. I decided to do the same finishing on this shirt. It gives a nicer edge than just folding over the edge and top stitching.


When I was cutting my pieces out, I made sure to add around 5/8″ to the neck, hem and armscye. Take the 1″ edge of the shirt. Fold that edge in half.


Fold that in half towards the front.


Stitch the edge. I did two separate rows on this shirt. On my first shirt, I used my twin needle. I think that looks better than what I ended up with on this shirt. It’s a little wonky in some areas. The fabric slipped around on me a bit.  I did pick red thread for top stitching. There’s a smidge of red on the fabric so I thought it would be a nice highlight. It’s really not noticeable. I probably should have doubled up on the thread for it to show more.

Smug Face!

Another Sorbetto completed! That makes 9? I think? I’m not even sure anymore! There’s no end in sight. I think I should try for a dress next. It keeps popping up in my head so it just means it has to happen. By the way, Colette is having a giveaway. You need to make a Sorbetto, tag it on Instagram (#colettesorbetto) and hope that you’re picked! The game is over at noon PST on Thursday, April 13. It’s a quick sew and the pattern is free!

Same but Different

I don’t know if you’ve heard but Colette has come out with a new and improved Sorbetto pattern. Say what!?! I love Sorbettos. I’ve made 7 of them now. Check them out… one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven. The team listened to everyone’s issues with the pattern and out popped the new Sorbetto.  There’s three versions of the pattern; the classic tank style, tunic, and short sleeved version.  Since I’ve made so many of the tank top style I knew I would pick either the tunic or short sleeve.  I ultimately went with the sleeved version.  It’s cute enough for work and casual enough for a day off.

Here’s a quick look at the old pattern with *new* version 3 of the pattern. The top paper is the size 8.  I always make a size 8 in this pattern and grade out by about 1″ at the bottom to accommodate my bottom. The larger pattern is the new version.  You can see it’s longer.  I’m not sure if this is only for the sleeved version or the tank top too.  It’s also wider.  This is a size 6 graded to a size 8 at the bottom.  In other words, check your finished garment sizes before cutting! The neckline is pulled in tighter, which I’m happy about because I always thought it was way too wide.  The bust dart is lower.  I didn’t realize until after I cut the pattern and sewed in the bust darts and tried it on.  It ended up being about 1″-1 1/2″ too low.  I never thought my lady parts to be high on the landscape known as my chest but I guess they are? I do know this has been a complaint by a lot of people that have made this pattern in the past but it always suited me. The shoulder, of course, is wider on this one because I’m doing the one with sleeves. I would assume if you were doing the classic version it would be about the same as the original.

Recently, Rachel from Sew RED-y did flat felled seams on her Grainville shirt and because I’m a big copy cat of her, I decided to give it a go on this.  You can see on the pic above the left is the outside seams and the right is the inside. Not too shabby for my first go.  I followed the instructions from Colette for the process.

Here’s a good shot of my flat felled seam and my bias tape.  Self-made of course!  I’m really getting the hang of it! There was a few spots that it felt really thick and I had to slow down to push through all the layers of seam and bias tape.

Kind of looks like hospital scrubs doesn’t it?  I think it’s the fabric.  It was a cotton that I had in my stash.  Still trying to shop my stash for any projects I’m working on.  Look at that length!  Faboo!

You can see it’s still pretty roomy for being a size 6-8.  Since it’s cotton it doesn’t give and I would worry if I went down another size I wouldn’t be able to get it on!

My bust darts are not pressed as well as they could be.  Sorry!  You can deal with that right?  They sit right on my bust.  I had to redo them 3 times to get them right.  I gave up on the markings on the new one and got out the original pattern because I knew they would hit me right.

I did realize after I finished there will be no celebrations in this shirt.  I can’t lift my arms all the way up!  I can move them forward and back but not up very well.  I guess it would be better in a knit and then you could have the stretch to move but I’m not really sure what’s up with that.  Ideas?

This is it… This is the new Sorbetto.  How do I feel about it?  I don’t really like it.  I prefer the original.  Granted I modified the hell out of it, but it worked.  I love it!  I do like the tighter neckline of this one but the super low bust dart really pissed me off.  I think I’ll continue using the original or maybe a mix of the two for the tighter neck line and length.  Who knows?  For now, I can say the teal color is super happy and it’s a easy shirt to knock out in an evening, as long as you don’t have to rip the bust darts out multiple times.

Gallifrey Sleeps

I came across some amazing Doctor Who fabric last year. It was stretchy and softly lined and like a doofus I passed on it. Totally not looking for new fabric at the moment and wanting to finish something I was working on so new projects be damned. I later regretted it. (Obviously!) I was determined to find it again and make it mine. While waiting in line to have other fabric cut at Jo-Ann’s and I saw someone with Zelda fabric. It struck me, “oh yeah, Doctor Who fabric!” (Not sure how you make a line from Zelda to Doctor Who but in my head it happens) I trotted over and there it was. I bought all they had! I wanted to make mix and match pajamas. The fabric is spandex that’s fleece lined. So soft against the skin. Does anyone remember the old 80’s kid pajamas that had the wide rib knit at the cuffs? That’s what I’m shooting for.


The best thing for me to start out with was the long bottoms. They’ll take the highest amount of my fabric. I used the pattern I made for my workout capris. I needed to add a bit of length because they’re pajama pants not pajama *almost* pants. Plus I’m a big kid now, no more high waters!


I only needed to add a couple inches to the legs because I’m using a rib knit at the bottom.  So perfectly paired together.


I also added 3″ to the top of the waist so I could turn it over a bit of elastic for the waistband. I used my serger for the insides and twin needle for all my top stitching. No need for neat edging inside because this stuff doesn’t unravel.


Next I decided to make the long sleeved top using Sew House Seven’s Toaster Sweater number 2 even though the picture has a piece from 1. I went down one size so a small this time. I wanted the top to be comfy but not so floaty.


I made the neck crew style just like my floral one. I went with the regular sleeves rather than the raglan sleeves I had before but shortened them because of the wide ribbed cuff I planned on using. I left off the split at the hem. I turned up the bottom 3/4″ and finished it with a twin needle. I also used the twin needle on the neckline and cuffs.


I went to the tank top next because of I was still trying to ensure I had enough fabric for all four pieces. If you know me or my blog, you’ll know my favorite tank top is the Sorbetto by Collette. I lengthened the top by a few inches and left off the bust dart. No need for shaping in comfy land!


I used the rib knit again. This time on the neck and arm holes. I really like this way of finishing off a Sorbetto.  Might have to try this again. Btw, that is my 7th Sorbetto. The finished band is 1″ wide. I took 2 1/2″ strip, folded it in half and stitched it on with a 1/4″ seam allowance.


Last item on my pajama set, is a pair of shorts. Again I used my workout capri pattern. At this point, I didn’t have much fabric left. I would have the length easy but not the width.  I folded my pattern piece and I worked out enough of the middle to make them thin enough to fit on my fabric. These are going to be tiny but the fabric is stretchy so I’m going with it!


I added rib to the waist and the legs. After they were complete I thought they looked like boxers but that’s okay. The Tardis looks a bit bigger on this piece than the other three because it needed to engage it’s stretchiness to fit my behind.


My total for this project is two tops and two bottoms. That gives me plenty of options for all weather. Four pieces and four different looks. I’m a happy Tardis wearing girl!


Oh, and I’m also a dork! Yay!

Jamie’s Jammies

In the distant past, I mentioned that I was crocheting some lace edging for some pajamas. I had made a Colette Sorbetto sometime ago, even though I tried to be lazy and wear it as a shirt, which it honestly matches with nothing but itself so it was always meant to be jammies. I was going to make super wide legged comfy pants to go along with the shirt but changed my mind. I wanted shorts. I’m a bit indecisive sometimes and my projects kinda evolve.


I came across a pattern for boudoir shorts a while ago. It’s a free pattern (yay free!).  The legs have a crossover split so it’s a really free pattern. Get it? Free money wise and free feeling thighs. Anyhoo, one of the pictures show a pom-pom edging so I figured why not lace?  A thing you might not know about me, because it only randomly pops up here on the blog, is that I’m a crocheting machine. I crochet like a river runs. Knitting, not so much. When I thought of doing the lace I figured I could knock it out in a month. I don’t crochet a lot much anymore so it does make my hands sore and I’m not known to work on 1 thing at a time so this seemed feasible. I mentioned the idea in another post on September 2. I finished the lace in early December. Let’s just say my goal was not met and let’s not calculate how long it actually took me. 


I cut out the pattern for the shorts based on my measurements and then I would be able to calculate how much lace I needed.  The only parts I was able to sew together was the side seam and crotch. Other than that, I needed the lace to complete piecing it together.


Please excuse the black bra throughout the pics. After “trying on” what I had, it was quickly evident that these were very soggy diaper crotch sitters. I took 2″ off the top to bring them up to the proper height and another 1- 1 1/2″ off the side seams because the panel that crossed on the front didn’t sit on the front but instead was creeping ever so closely to my lady bits. Not exactly where you want flaps flying in the wind.


I crocheted my lace, which we all now know took me forever. I had Hubby save a week’s worth of used coffee grounds. It’s not a whole lot in the end because he’s the only one that drinks it and I didn’t want to waste fresh grounds. I boiled some water and threw the grounds wrapped in a coffee filter in the water. Once it looked like all the coffe had seeped out, I threw in the wet lace.  I needed just a hint of color. White was too light but cream/natural thread was too dark.


With that done, I could now finish my shorts. I made pink cotton bias tape and finished the legs. I zigzagged the lace onto the shirt and shorts. I figured it would be the quickest and most secure stitch. I would have liked something decorative but all the little stitches would have jerked the fabric around too much and then the lace wouldn’t look clean around the edge.


I used 1/2″ elastic and left over bias tape to create my little waistband.


As if crocheted lace, a Sorbetto top and boudoir shorts wasn’t enough, I made an eye mask. I wasn’t going to but I had leftovers and I saw the cute holiday pressie that Self Assembly Required was making. Sometimes you can’t help yourself. The pattern is from Tilly and the Buttons. Guess what? This pattern is free too.  This post is made of three free patterns!


I’m feeling fancy and me and moose are ready for bed! This fabric was meant for jammies, Jamie’s jammies.

Tin Man Anniversary

This week is my 10 year wedding anniversary. Tin is the 10 year anniversary present. Sad not so clever title. Hey, I tried! Oddly enough this outfit didn’t start out as an anniversary outfit. The more I thought about making the shirt the more perfect it all seemed. Why?

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Because the shirt is made from the wrap from my wedding dress. I never actually wore the wrap but an unused rectangle of fabric is a prime opportunity for a new sewing project. It deserves new life.

I chose the Colette Sorbetto pattern for my shirt. One because I love the pattern and two because there really isn’t much fabric in a wrap. The fabric is a really stiff satin. There’s not a lot of give to the fabric so I had to be sure to cut a size that would be easy to slide on and off. I did have an issue when I was cutting the fabric. The height of the rectangle wasn’t tall enough unless I wanted a belly shirt. I’m so not a belly shirt kind of girl. There was now a choice to be made. Do I add a band around the bottom or do I create a yoke? I was afraid how big of a border I would need on the bottom and I don’t recall ever creating a yoke so why not?


I measured from the shoulder down the front to where an appropriate place for a seam to be. High enough to land at the bottom of the straps but not right across the bust would be best. I ended up with four pieces instead of the typical two. I sewed my yoke pieces to the bottom pieces first. As I mentioned before, the fabric is very stiff so I topstitched the seam down to sit flat. I did this for both the front and back. I added the bust darts on the front and sewed the twos pieces together.


At this point I decided to try it on. It did not look good. There was a lot of twisting and shifting to get the shirt on and it fit fine but the bust darts and the seam from the yoke was too much.

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I pulled out some of the bust darts and made it shorter. It was alright. I ripped out a bit more of it so the seams were on the side. Visually this helped so much!

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I finished the shirt with self made bias on the neckline, arms and hem.  The shirt was a little long but it looked fine. I tried it on after finishing the skirt and I ended up cutting an additional 2″ off the bottom because it was smashing some of the skirt’s poof.

imageTo go along with my shirt I needed a skirt. I bought several yards of a flamingo colored chiffon from SAS Fabrics. It was in a sale bin and I couldn’t help myself. I decided a skirt with an elastic waist band would be easy enough. I purchased an orange jersey to use as the lining.  I had plenty of wide elastic on hand.

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I cut the chiffon in half since the chiffon was so wide and I wanted a knee length skirt. I stitched the two pieces together to have a full skirt. I hemmed the bottom and fed fishing line through as I stiched. I had seen this done somewhere online to give fabric a curvy hem.

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The hardest part is feeding the elastic, chiffon and jersey through the serger. To prep I gathered the chiffon and pinned my three layers together. Here’s the hard part. Not only having each layer caught in your stitches but also stretching as you sew.  It’s quite a slow process.

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Once your done you have a great twirly, light skirt. Freckles is mesmerized.


All together I have the perfect outfit to go out to dinner and celebrate 10 years with Hubby.