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The Versatility of the Sorbetto


Some of you may be familiar with Colette Pattern's free pattern, the Sorbetto. Once you make one, it's hard to stop. The style is simple and classic and with two patterns pieces, it comes together quickly. I made one, then two...then three. I did eventually give one to my mom. Gotta share the love, right? I lengthened mine 2" though, I like my tops to a little longer.

Meredith's purple SorbettoMeredith's Japanese cotton Sorbetto

You can easily make your own bias tape for finishing the neck and arm openings. The big key to that one is utilizing a bias tape maker. Clover makes an efficient one that I eventually invested in all the sizes of. If you've never tried one, it can be a revelation.

Make your bias to match your fabric

Feel pressed for time (or intimidated)? You can always grab a couple of yards of pre-made bias. We have both solids and prints available by the yard so you can get just the right amount. Here I used some pre-made in a darker shade of purple and I think it gives a nice finished, sharp edge that frames the simplicity of the silhouette.

Contrast bias

The variations are endless. April took her time and cut her seersucker on the bias so the stripes would produce a chevron effect. Removing the pleat was necessary for this to work and is another nice variation.

Chevron your Stripes

What started as a "muslin" or test garment for April turned into, in my humble opinion, one of the cutest tank dresses ever. See what a little extra yardage can get you. I'm totally making one!

April's Sorbetto as a Dress!

Don't forget to check out the Sorbetto Flickr pool to see what others are up to and add your own!

After we're all done basking in the summer sun, this fall we'll look at a more weather appropriate version with sleeves. Love the Sorbetto!

Sweet Nothings Bloomers


What a great project! These came together so quickly and were just what I had hoped for. Easy to make, functional to wear, cute enough to be seen outdoors in (well, lounging in my backyard...outside). The flounce adds just enough detail to make them a step above the average bloomer.

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One thing that made a major difference in whipping these out was Swedish Tracing Paper. This isn't for transferring marks from your pattern but rather a type of pattern paper. It's durable, pinable, & SEWABLE. I typically transfer all of my patterns to the translucent swedish tracing paper first to maintain the integrity of my original pattern. But in this case I had to join two sides of pattern; it was not printed in one piece.

pattern piece-bloomers

Now I have one pattern piece. Easy to cut my first pair and easy to recreate since I know I'll make more. I always label my pattern pieces with the name of the pattern, my name, the size and the date.

swedish tracing paper

I did make one modification to the waist ties. Instead of using one long piece of ribbon, as suggested, I added ribbon to each end of a piece of elastic, the length of which was only slightly smaller than my waist. All you see on the outside is pretty pretty ribbon but get to enjoy the comfort and ease of elastic. I'll frequently do this for a casing application. (I've also been known to have it be entirely elastic with the ribbon tie sewn on top and be purely decorative. Shhh.)

waist ties for bloomers

Consider your seam finishes. I serged mine, and if you don't have one there are sergers available for open sewing at Modern Domestic. You could also just as easily use pinking shears or a pinking rotary blade. Or if you have not executed a french seam, this would be a great place to use this beautiful and professional-looking finish as these are fairly straight forward seams without too many pesky turns. 

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Last minute reminder--Don't forget the "take an extra 10%" off already reduced fabric is tomorrow and Sunday!

What's New and a late night


Within the quilting cotton world I find I switch around with which company's releases have me the most excited.  This past spring I attended Quilt Market (industry trade show) and was really focused on Japanese fabric companies, and of course SUPER excited about what I was seeing and ordering from them.  I also wanted to keep myself available to look around thoroughly and not focus too much on the companies I already have strong ties with and fantastic reps that keep me very up to date.  I could not help but linger at the Michael Miller booths at Market.  You'll start to see why with our first shipment from them unpacked and ready to cut.

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On top is Botanika by Paula Prass.  I love the large scale wallpaper-like floral combined with the fresh green geometric lattice.  On the bottom left is Peacock Lane by Portland's own Violet Craft and Children at Play by Sarah Jane.  Violet's line is sweet and bright, with elephants, birds, and flowers.  I'm totally drawn to the dark grey and bright red-pink in her line as well as the circus-like feeling of the elephant and peacock print.  Sarah Jane's group is sweet and whimsical, with pinwheels, bunnies floating away on the strings of balloons, and paper hat making instructions.  It has this sort of nostalgic, childhood summer feeling to it.  We have some of her embroidery patterns coming too.

A box from Renaissance Ribbons was unpacked too.  Some repeat favorites and some new designs by Kaffe Fassett.  Beauties.  Perfect for trimming out the hemline of a skirt or the button placket of blouse.

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And, finally, as promised, the latest Liberty of London prints.  I'm not a photographer, but rather a fabric picker-outer, so please excuse the not so great shot.  The darker print is of birds, sort of crazy, really cool.  We have one more late night scheduled for the summer and it's tonight.  We'll be open until 8.  Hope to see you soon!