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Sorbetto by Colette Patterns – Sewalong

sorbettoI have always wanted to participate in a sewalong, but have always come along so late in the game. Recently, Colette Patterns released an updated version of their free pattern, Sorbetto, and are having a sewalong where you sew it together, receiving lessons along the way. There’s an email list, blog, and Facebook group. The Sorbetto is touted to be a beginner friendly pattern and it definitely seems that way! I have seen so many Sorbettos on ‘the insta‘ and on Pattern Review and they all look great!

For the fabrics that can be used, one suggestion is quilting cotton. As that is my current fabric of choice for clothing, I have plenty of that! I am hoping to do a ‘hack’ of sorts as I like the longer length of the Sorbetto version with the high-low hem, but that version has no sleeves, and I must have sleeves!

(above 2 images from Colette Patterns)

Absolutely cannot wait to participate in this sewalong! The cool part is that they are also running a contest:

Sew the New Sorbetto and win! We’re having a contest. The winner will get a handpicked bag of sewing goodies and a $50 gift certificate to the shop.

How neat would it be to sew this, enter, and have not only the sewing goodies and gift certificate, but also 3 new me-made shirts in the process! And if I were to win that gift card, I’d definitely be purchasing the patterns for the Dahlia, the Zinnia, and the Violet.

Looking forward to this sewalong and the learning and growth! Yay!

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Patterns, Problems, & Perseverance

As a late year ‘resolution’ of sorts, I told myself that I would finally start using the patterns that I own. At the time, I only owned a few which turned into several as it just so happened that Joann was having a sale on patterns as was Hobby Lobby. I picked up some retro Butterick patterns and added some others to my stash!

My first pattern that I decided to make was the Butterick 6318. I loved the way that it looked! It looked easy enough, but once I started, it was so difficult for me! My pattern was missing some symbols it seems because at one point, it told me to gather between circles that were not there. I did learn some techniques such as under-stitching and dealing with facings. This was new to me! My mom was such a huge help and available at every point to help me figure things out. However, after one too many moments of confusion, I put that dress aside and decided to work on something else.

My current project is the Simplicity New Look 6434 pattern. It looks like a good start to launch into pattern following! Talking with my mom, we agreed that as I start making patterns more and more, my mind will become accustomed to thinking in a ‘pattern way’. So, I decided to backtrack some and start off with something a bit simpler. I have the pattern pieces cut out and will cut out the fabric later today and hopefully will have it assembled by the end of the day!

Hopefully, I will be able to look at this day 6 months from now and see loads of progress. Until then, I will keep trucking, learning new terminology, and filling up my closet one garment at a time.

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Bibs, Skirts, & Lace – Sewing for Friends

There is nothing like being able to give someone something unique and handmade with love. While store bought gifts are wonderful, I do enjoy being able to create things with my own hands.

Recently, I had the pleasure to celebrate the upcoming birth of a sweet baby girl! With her and mommy in mind, I went through my stash of fabric and trims and created a few simple things – a bib and sweet little skirts.

The bib is fashioned with Michael Miller’s petals seafoam garland and backed with blue flannel I’d purchased from Joann’s. I used velcro to create the closure.

I also made some girly skirts complete with lacy, frilly trim! As I was sewing these things, I texted some images to some close friends and one responded, “If I was a baby, I’d wear that!” Love my Maeghan!

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The material from the skirts was purchased at Hobby Lobby some time ago so it was a perfect find in my stash as I set out to make some skirts! I had a pacifier clip in my stash that I’d made so I included that as well.

There is nothing like giving handmade, homemade gifts and I have more projects up my sleeve for the babes and their moms and dads in my life.

What are your favorite things to give at baby showers?