Hadn’t posted a piccie of this completed Renfrew, so here it is! 😉 (Whoops! Sorry about forgetting the title.)
A couple weekends ago I spent time perfecting the Sorbetto pattern fit, using two gigantic man’s (men’s?) shirts bought last summer at a thrift shop.
I’d cut off the sleeves and collars, then worn them around the house. The fabrics were great, but I didn’t quite know what else to do to them, so they went into stash.
Until Ali (aka Thimberlina) wore one of her Sorbettos …
These look rubbish on hangers (really did iron them!), but fit well, & pull on & off easily!
I was too involved to remember to take photos of either version, but here are some details.
- Instead of the pleat on the Sorbetto I substituted the already-made buttons from the dress shirt.
- I did remember not to include that front pleat when cutting out 😇
- The pocket wasn’t coming off easily, and was probably gonna leave permanently perforated fabric anyway (meh), so I left it
- A couple of fitting take-in’s, re-placed & shortened the darts, and it was ready for finishing
- Thought navy seam binding would be fun, but didn’t have any sooo…it got put aside whilst I thought about alternatives
- Finally decided to use white rayon seam binding, which worked a treat
Meanwhile, I had another man’s shirt . . . and decided to make its front the back on this version.
- This shirt was smaller, so there wasn’t any room for alternatives
- The side seams had been sewn down (forget what that seam finish is called) and again, wasn’t gonna be removed, so I left it
- Used the shirt’s hem as it’s shaped, and included a slit on either side
- Decided to leave the top of each button placket open, to give a slight V-shaping, or space for a pretty pin on the blue!
Am feeling fairly confident about the pattern, and have more versions in mind, including the 2 fabrics just in from England.
And I’m beginning to really appreciate being able to make up a pattern several times in succession, playing with it, and really getting the pattern to fit comfortably.