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What I wore on my birthday part 1: my first Sorbetto

first colette sorbetto
first colette sorbetto
first colette sorbetto
first colette sorbetto
first colette sorbetto

This is what I wore on my birthday during the day, to have a wander round town in the sun with our visitors, get stuff at the farmers market, lunch at wagamamas, a bit of fabric shopping for the sewing class I’ll be starting soon (which was a birthday present from Dave), that kind of thing.

There’s a couple of things about this outfit: first, the shoes are new. They are saltwater sandals and I have debated for probably a couple of years now whether I should get some. Since I chucked my one pair of sandals at the end of last summer, now was the time. I feel pretty good about these. They aren’t as OMGmagical comfy as I’ve heard some bloggers and instagrammers, the soles are pretty thin, not in a bad way, but you are close to the ground. They are also a bit on the narrow side, and I really don’t have wide feet.

However. The upper bit does not give me blisters. This has literally never happened with any other sandal I’ve owned, ever. They always take time to walk in. But with these, that was my first time wearing them, I walked miles and miles and nothing happened. I am writing this in Copenhagen and I did get a blister on the sole of my foot on day three of super urban walking holiday, but it didn’t burst and was almost gone the next day, and completely gone the day after. I do hope no one finds blister chat disgusting, but it’s an important consideration!

The other thing about the outfit is the top, which is my first Sorbetto. I used what looks like a 100% cotton sheet which I have no recollection of acquiring (possibly a swap? Not sure I would ever have bought pink fabric, even a sheet in a charity shop). I used it because I didn’t mind if it ended up not working. Which is kinda what happened. As you can see (or maybe not actually since I’ve put my arms on my waist), the fit is pretty atrocious. The darts are too high, but mainly it’s the armholes that are all wrong. They really gape! I don’t know if the dart thing or the armhole thing are connected or what, I guess I’ll find out on version 2. I should probably do some reading. Maybe this mysthical FBA (which I still have idea what that actually is!) will fix.

I’m pretty pleased with the top otherwise though. I didn’t manage to get my stitching straight when sewing on the bias binding, so I handstitched it on instead. It took a while, but it looks good. Or at least good for my experience level! I also learned how to do french seams, not nearly as hard as I thought! What I thought were french seams are actually flat felled seams, which are obvs more fiddly. I’m gonna french seam all straight seams from now on!

Outfit stats:
top – I made it * blazer – thrifted * skirt h&m * sandals – saltwater sandals * flower brooch – I made it * birthday girl brooch – present * earrings – present *

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  • bani 16 June 2014, 8:13 am

    Where did you buy the sandals? They look nice, I’ve never heard of the brand before. My daughter has narrow feet and finds it difficult to find comfortable shoes, everything blisters her.
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  • Señora Allnut 16 June 2014, 4:39 pm

    glad your sandals were comfy, your comments are really useful stuff, because thin soles or narrow fitting are not everybody’s cup of tea!, they look cute anyway
    Happy birthday, and wish you luck with your next top!, I find armholes really difficult to fit, usually need to put a tuck on them, and never get satisfied with results!

  • Elaineoc 17 June 2014, 6:18 pm

    Love the top! And your birthday badge. Happy birthday 🙂
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  • Amy 18 June 2014, 11:20 am

    Hooray for the sorbetto! It looks awesome as well! I had the same problem with the gapey armholes, I made the bottom of the armhole on the pattern higher, so overall the armhole was smaller. I didn’t have an issue with the darts but I have small boobs, so maybe a full bust adjustment (WTF IS THIS?!?!) might help you? You totally can’t tell the fit is off on your photos though 🙂
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  • Chantele 22 June 2014, 6:42 pm

    Aww you look so cute! Love the stripped blazer and your skirt, so sweet on you!
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  • Sarah 27 June 2014, 9:56 pm

    I’ve read on several sewing blogs that one should use one’s high bust measurement to choose the size of a bodice & then FBA by the difference between that and the fullest point. From a sciency point of view this makes sense to me. I’m going to try it on Tilly’s Lilou dress this weekend.
    There’s what looks like a good tutorial for Christin Haynes’ Emery dress out there but that has waist darts too. I don’t imagine it’s too hard to adapt but for simplicity it’s probably best to find one that matches the two darts of the Sorbetto.
    I would be very surprised if no one has done a Sorbetto Full Bust adjustment tutorial.
    Even though Colette draft for a C cup instead of the standard B it’s still probably not enough for lots of people. Given that you’ve had a baby it’s almost certain you’re more than a B 🙂
    I was a bra fitter during my gap year so my inhibition talking about such things has been forever destroyed, sorry if I come across creepy or invasive.
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    • Franca 28 June 2014, 11:20 am

      Not weird at all! It’s not that I can’t figure out how to do an FBA, I just haven’t looked into it, so in my mind it’s this big complicated thing. My boobs are actually not as big as you might think and they have actually got smaller post breastfeeding. I bought four fairly expensive bras just a few month before becoming pregnant, which I got fitted for, they were a DD or E, and they’re all too big in the cup now, and the back size is too small. We want to have another kid, so I’m not wasting any more money on bras until after that. And whatever size I am then I will hopefully stay for a while!

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