Sunday, 21 September 2014

Sorbetto second serving. Lace.

One of the advantages of taking on an ambitious project, is the opportunity to stretch the sewing repetoire. Having lace in The Formal Dress means that I have been making practice garments with lace in order to refresh my skills. This has led to some very pleasing garments as a (much more useful) side effect.

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I made this little top to use up some remnants, but ended up liking it just as much as the practice dress (which I haven't shown you yet due to henious inavailability of the model)

The pattern is Sorbetto again, this time made in its original sleeveless version, and with the centre panel folded out.
The underlining is poly/cotton batitste, and the outer lace a non-stretch but mysteriously non-ravelling lace yardage I bought a few months ago from The Remnant Warehouse.

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I sewed the lace and underlining as one( using a size 60 universal needle) except for a few centimetres at the side seam, where I sewed the pieces separately  to allow a free hanging, shorter hem for the lining.

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 The neck and armscyes are finished with bias binding made from the batiste, turned to the inside and sewn to the underlining by hand - as per the excellent pattern instructions.

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To finish the lace hem, I sewed the trimmed scalloped lace edging to the lace yardage using a zigzag stitch, following the inner curves of the lace motifs. This also makes the top a more suitable length for my tall daughter-the-first.

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I am very pleased with the effect. Sorbetto is rapidly becoming one of my favourite patterns, and I am keeping to my goal of restricting small pieces of fabric in my stash.

15 comments:

Sharon said...

A lovely summery top and I can see it getting a lot of wear as our temperatures start to rise.

Judith said...

Great use of the fabric, this top looks very summery ... J

Dilliander said...

So pretty!

EmSewCrazy said...

Very pretty! I need to come up with a reason to practice lace!

Sewingelle said...

Gorgeous.

tropicalthreads said...

What a lovely top! The colour is very sweet and the lace very pretty.

fabric epiphanies said...

What a lovely top! There is nothing as self satisfying in my experience than a little successful scrap busting.

prttynpnk said...

free pattern elevated to a higher plain! Brava!

liza jane said...

I've never seen the sorbetto look so good. Beautiful!

Sue said...

so pretty!

Carolyn said...

That's such a pretty top! and your daughter looks lovely in it :)

fabrickated.com said...

This really is very nice, especially where it goes unlined at the end - layering in one garment. Lace can be hard work, but your recent work reminds me that the effects are quite beautiful. Thank you!

Mary said...

Super cool tank with a feminine vibe.

velosewer said...

It's gorgeous.

Gail said...

Very pretty top - Love the lace over denim look.