I am really loving the blog tours that Sewing By Ti is hosting each month – my monthly posts are keeping me focused, but also giving me a chance to explore outside of my comfort zone. Although, this month, I really don’t need to leave me comfort zone at all.
The theme for March is Colour Me Lucky! A whole slew of different bloggers is focusing on the 2017 Pantone colours. Basically, somebody somewhere has decided that these colours are “The” colours for this year. I don’t know how they decided this, but I’m digging it. Check out the colour chart below. Most of these are colours I just love to wear!
For my post today, I selected the Flame colour, and used a Robert Kaufman cotton lawn called Flame by Carolyn Friedlander. It maybe isn’t quite as orange as the chart, but it’s literally called Flame, so it counts, kay? 😉 I got mine from LA Finch Fabrics, and they still have lots if you want to order it too!
I paired my Flame cotton lawn with the new and improved Colette Sorbetto. This pattern is probably one of the most well-known PDF patterns. It’s a free download that was first released a few years ago, so it’s had plenty of time to circulate the online sewing communities. I made four Sorbettos when I first started sewing, but I just wasn’t happy with the fit (and I didn’t know enough then to modify it properly).
But! Colette released a re-vamped Sorbetto quite recently! Yay! The new Sorbetto comes with two new views – one with sleeves and one in a tunic length. I decided to make the version with sleeves, and the only modification I made was to add my standard 2″ of length (and to turn the bias neck binding to the inside as a facing), so you can see how much better this new version fits. I do need to raise the bust darts about an inch, but besides that, this is pretty much a perfect woven blouse for me. And the price can’t be beat – it’s a free download.
I used a piece of lace trim, also from LA Finch Fabrics, to dress this simple summer blouse up a little. I just pinned it down over the center pleat of the Sorbetto, and topstitched the edges down. I’m always nervous to add lace trims to handmade clothes, but I really love how it dresses this top up perfectly.
I wish I had better lighting when I took these photos, I know they came out fairly warm. But this Saskatchewan spring has been as manic as usual, and I froze my butt off for these photos as it was.
I’ll have another Pantone Colour post up next week, but you can also check out all of these amazing bloggers for even more inspiration:
Full disclosure: I received this fabric from LA Finch Fabrics in exchange for promotion. All opinions expressed are, as always, honest and truly mine.