Because of moving I didn’t do any “real” sewing for one & a half months. I made three muslins, but didn’t finish any projects. I’ve been dying to finish something, but haven’t known where to start. I always have a backlog of things I’d like to make, but never before had that backlog felt so urgent. More than a few times I’d be at work & fantasize about what to make when I got home. Then, I’d sit at home & agonize over what to work on first. I was out of practice with sewing something new every week. I had creative constipation.
Yesterday I rifled through all my sewing patterns & enthusiastically decided to sew a vintage dress. With the attention span of a squirrel, a second later I wanted to sew something else. The very process of getting a pattern ready- ironing the fabric, placing & cutting the pieces- seemed so laborious I felt I would never ever finish anything ever.
Finally, it dawned on me. Sorbetto. Easy, fast, I’ve done it before. No sizing guess work.
I used a vintage fabric from the 60’s that I’m fairly certain was curtains at some point. It was fabric I had been saving for just the right project & I wasn’t sure if I should use it because the Sorbetto would only take up half & leave me with a few small pieces that might not amount to another project. I’m glad I cut into it.
When cutting, I had tried to match the level of the dots on the front of the top with those on the back. It didn’t work, but I had been paying so much attention to it that I forgot to line up the polka dots to run right down the center of the pleat. Oops! Luckily, I had some big white buttons in my stash & I think they make the whole thing look better. Serendipitously I had just enough white bias binding to make it around everything I wanted, with not a half an inch to spare.
Despite my dislike for my spine (scoliosis), I like my back. So when I make a top that is loose in the front, I like to give some definition to my back. However, I still wanted to be able to slip the top on & off without messing about with closures.
After fiddling around with an ugly line of shirring, I landed on pulling an inverted box pleat together with a bit of lingerie elastic. It keeps the pleat closed, yet stretches enough so I can easily get the top on & off.
Today I wore the top to work just like this, but when I got home I added a button to the elastic in the hope that it would make the pleat seem more intentional & less frumpy since it doesn’t really keep its pleated shape that well. Do you like the button on the back?