Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Summer WIFD - day three

So far this week, I've worn all handmade items! I'm impressed with myself. ;-) Actually, it's more of a reflection on the fact that it's cheaper for me to make things myself than buy styles I like to wear in stores. With all the weight fluctuation of pregnancy and nursing, my wardrobe has been kind of a mish-mash the past two+ years!

summer WIFD - day three 2

Today I wore version #2 of the Sorbetto top. I made it from Lisette cotton lawn (available at Jo-Ann Fabrics). I omitted the center pleat (as in the cream rayon version) and added bias ruffles at the neckline. I left the edges of the ruffles unfinished so that they would fray slightly in the wash.

WIFD - day three

The skirt is also one I have showed you before. It's a nice, versatile neutral color. I like that the fabric is heavy enough that I don't need to wear a slip -- a real bonus during these hot summer days!

To add a little extra color I wore some turquoise drop earrings Douglas gave me.

summer WIFD - day three

Other WIFD participants:
A Joyful Handmaiden
Pursuing the Calling


  1. If you had a dark gold piece of silk (think Marianne's dress color in the Emma Thompson version of S&S when she plays the piano forte and the Colonel walks in) that happened to be enough yardage for the Sorbetto top, how would you dress it up? I'm really liking yours, but am not sure how to go about making a dressy silk one, so I wanted your opinion. :)

  2. Oooh, fun question! :) You could make some self-fabric rosettes or yo-yos to arrange along the neckline (I would probably place them assymetrically, like a corsage). I considered doing assymetrical ruffles (like this top) on my Lisette top, but decided the print was too busy for that. Another option would be some vintage lace at the neckline (and sleeves, if desired). I've seen some sewists do tucks instead of the large center pleat, which would be pretty and delicate (although tricky on silk!). I hope that gets your brain churning... I'd love to see what you come up with! I'd like to do a silk version, myself!

  3. I LOVE that skirt! Great job on the sewing/designing.


    P.S. How do get your hair to stay so straight in this hot and humid weather? It's just so beautiful!

  4. Thanks, Hannah! Actually my hair is very straight on its own, with just a little bit of wave since my pregnancy. So the struggle is to get it to stay curled!

  5. I like this version of the Sorbetto very much! And I love that skirt. You really know how to put an outfit together. I've been taking inspiration from your posts. ;)