Ok, so I had quite modest ambitions to follow the sorbetto sewalong in real time and produce my lovely new top within the allotted time. I was sure I could achieve such a simple goal - it's an easy top and I have time, right?
Alas, things have conspired against me and I am hideously behind. It's not that I haven't put the time in - the fabric has been cut and the bodice constructed, it's just that somewhere along the line something has gone awry with my measuring accuracy and although my toile fit well, the actual top was far too big. I blame the sewing fairies of course (and not any lack of attention on my part!). I have no idea what happened, but now I am in the annoying stage of trying to fix the issues.
I know that I cut the fabric carefully for the real top, so the error must have been in the toile - meaning it is pointless to re-cut from the pattern without making another trial. This seemed far too tedious so I resigned myself to just trying to fudge the alterations as I construct it.
The main alteration was to make the pleat in the front a little bigger to take in a few centimeters from the bodice. I also had to take it in a little at the sides which has lead to a whole host of problems with the sleeves. Honestly, the whole thing has turned into a bit of a headache and now I have done the only sensible thing which is to hide it under a pile of other to-do projects and forget about it for a couple of days until i've forgotten how much it's stressing me out!
Anyone else ever had so much stress from such a simple pattern? Anyway, hopefully I'll come back to it and finish it soon! - Will update when I do!
Kim is a textile artist based in Portsmouth. She studied Illustration at Kingston University before becoming a textiles teacher. She combines the two disciplines to create retro inspired fabric artworks and playful images of pop culture.