I Made That! Monday · Sewing

“I Made That!” Monday – Sorbetto Sweetness

I Made That Monday!

Today is an auspicious day! (Is that how you use that word properly?) I’ve finally attempted to make a piece of clothing for myself! All the way back on Black Friday I purchased a couple of dress patterns from the lovely Colette Patterns (definitely not ready to try them yet, but y’know sale so yes!) and found the lovely Sorbetto shirt as a free download from their website!

Now I’ve finally gotten around to giving it a go!

Results were…mixed. On one hand it’s the first shirt (or piece of clothing at all) I’ve never made and I’m proud of that. On the other hand it’s a bit of an embarrassing display of some of my worst sewing mistakes. Maybe I’m exaggerating a bit.

Well…here it is!

Colette Patterns Sorbetto shirt as made by me!
Sorbetto Collage 2
Awkwardly modelling my new shirt.

Okay so it’s not so bad. I’m pretty proud of it! I did have a couple of issues, which I will go on about in a minute, but first let me celebrate some of the things I tried (and was happy with!) for the first time during this project!

  • Using a garment pattern (this one was PDF, which I’ve heard are more of a pain as you have to stick them all together before you can get going, but hopefully starting with one of them will make other patterns seem like a doddle!)
  • Transferring (and using) pattern markings
  • Sewing a pleat
  • Sewing a dart (if darts confuse you, hang about till Wednesday as they’re the next topic I’ll be covering in my Troublesome Sewing Terms Untangled series!

All of these things I did for the first time this project and was pleased; obviously they weren’t done at a professional level but I had no complaints about how they turned out, so thumbs up to me!

Sorbetto Collage
During the process of shirt-making!

Now for the things I’m not so keen on.

  • I chose the wrong fabric for this project I think. It’s a stretchy, jersey type of fabric.  When selecting it, I really liked the pattern (it is lovely) and thought that any errors I made in cutting out sizes may be forgiven in a stretchy material. While this was true, I really wasn’t prepared for sewing this type of material. I did purchase special needles for stretch fabric, which helped as I had no problems with the actual stitching, just with dealing with the fabric. The hem around the bottom is wonky as all hell as the fabric kept rolling up at the edges, no matter how much I ironed it straight and this made measuring for the hem very difficult! I like the idea of working with stretchy fabric but I’d definitely need to do more research before trying it again.

    Uneven seam – rolling fabric made it really difficult to make straight!
  • Finishing seams. Now, my pattern instructions literally just said finish your seams, which – in the end – I ended up doing with pinking shears, which I don’t like. The whole thing looks very…amateur. Which of course I know I am, but I’d like to be able to give a nicer finish to garments. I’ve heard some things about sergers, but I don’t want to buy a whole other machine! Sewers out there, how do you finish your seams neatly?

    Finishing seams with pinking shears.
  • The bias tape. I’ve worked with bias tape before and I clearly still haven’t managed to figure out how to sew it properly. Whilst finishing the neckline and armholes I sewed bias tape to the wrong side of the garment, folded it over and sewed the other side to the right side. However on inspection I’d misjudged the size of the bias tape and began sewing into the fabric alone, past the edge of the tape. It’s not a massive issue as it’s on the inside but I really don’t like how messy it looks. Also I didn’t realise the tape would be so narrow, possibly I used a smaller size than I was meant to or wasn’t ready to have so little of a space to be working with.

    Messy section can be seen between my fingers…and again in several other places!

So there’s my first attempt at an actual, wearable item of clothing! First try. I need to keep remembering that. I was veering off into being-too-hard-on-myself when The Boy stopped me and told me he was proud of me, which was lovely. I just have to keep remembering that if it was that easy, it wouldn’t be any fun to learn.

Although maybe next week I’ll just try a bag…



18 thoughts on ““I Made That!” Monday – Sorbetto Sweetness

  1. That looks great! Very impressive for a first try!

    I just went and looked at the pattern and they suggest using lightweight woven fabrics, but there isn’t any particular reason you couldn’t use a knit for it (you’d probably cut it smaller). I agree with you, though–jersey-type knits are hard to handle, even for experienced sewers. I tend to have similar problems with bias tape as you did, so I usually do the second seam by hand.

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    1. Thank you! Yes it was difficult to deal with, but I hope that means that I’ll find working with less stretchy fabrics much easier now! (I’m going to go with glass-half-full!) I honestly didn’t think about hand-sewing the second seam, thanks a lot for the idea! Next time I’ll give that a go! 🙂

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  2. I can see why you chose this fabric. It is a lovely print. Does your sewing machine have a zig zag stitch option? If so, try it out on leftover scraps from your project. For a knit like this, I’d choose the narrowest zig zag on the machine in order to preserve a little stretch in the seam without completely stretching out the fabric. Knits take some practice, so you are very brave to try something like this garment on your first go with knitted fabric. I learned more from making mistakes ranging from invisible to colossal than I ever did from a class or a pattern, so according to the Betzcee School of Haphazard Sewing, you are making great progress! Keep on keeping on!

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  3. Oh! About the seam finishing…..use your zig zag function here too. Press both sides of the seam allowance in the same direction and zig zag your way down alongside your original line of stitching, using a medium-width zig zag stitch. This will help prevent the seam allowance from curling inward, causing bulk.
    Another option would be to press the seam allowances in the same direction again and stitch them to the body of your garment about a quarter-inch (or less) from the original seam. Then you can carefully trim away the excess fabric. This creates a top stitched effect on your garment.

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    1. Thank you so much for your advice! My machine does have a zig zag option, I’m going to experiment with it on offcuts of this fabric like you suggested, it’s good to know that that’s a better stitch to use! I’ll definitely try a zig zag stitch next time I need to finish a seam! It probably shows my naivety, using a difficult fabric for my first garment, but oh well! Jumping in head first just sums me right up haha. I think I’m definitely joining your School of Sewing! I’m definitely learning what not to do anyway! Thanks again for your help! 🙂


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