Ok, so this is more clothing. The quilter in me is crying a little bit. But the part of me that needs clothes to wear is cheering. We're all over the place around here.
I made a Sorbetto last night/this morning. I'm all about free patterns! The fabric I used was in the red tag section at Joann's; $7 for the yard I bought, plus an extra 20% off...$5.30 for a shirt? Not too shabby.
I printed out the pattern pieces the other night, using some really nice paper that was already printed on one side [recycle, people!]. I've read that Colette patterns run snug, and I was originally going to cut a size 2, but got nervous and cut a size 4. Mistake. That thing was huge. I also added 4 inches to the hem because based on the pictures in the Colette Flickr group the shirt also runs short.
|Yes, I sewed in my pajamas all day|
So this shirt would have only taken me about an hour[ish] to sew up since I omitted the pleat, but I had some fitting issues. I hope this is due to what I believe was a shirt cut too large, and not inherent in the pattern on my body. Look at that back puff? If that's not the most attractive thing you've ever seen, then I tip my hat to you. Just kidding...
These were taken at about 10:30 pm when my boyfriend got home and I begged for his assistance using my best
crazy sewist eyes puppydog eyes. I needed his help pinning out the extra fabric to make some vertical back darts. Now, this is my 3rd completed shirt, and 4th shirt that I've worked on, so you Internet peeps know the extent of my apparel knowledge. Aka, no knowledge. But it just made sense to do that, and I checked out a shirt that I own from H&M and sort of tried to replicate those back darts.
The pins mark where the most fabric is gathered, and then I just tapered the darts up and down from there. And in my most humble voice, they look awesome.
|You can see the vertical darts here. I promise they're even!|
Hey, it's a tank! It's still a little big around the neckline and shoulders, causing it to slip around a little, leaving some extra fabric at the back if it's not on straight. And it wrinkles like a bitch.
But it's ok, because then I get dressed up like this:
And feel perfectly happy with my efforts.
Now I just have to determine how to attach this vintage trim to the neckline [which is stitched down, so I can wear the tank in the meantime] and I'll be all set!