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Starry Sorbetto and Retro Apples

Another sewing post!

For Christmas, I sewed my roommate a Sorbetto blouse using the yard-plus I had left over from my starry Darling Ranges dress. She’d oohed over the fabric, and she does seem to like (usually understated) metallics.

 

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This was my second time using this pattern—Sorbetto #1 was a Christmas present for my sister (in 2013, I think? or 2014?) using a fuchsia rayon from Mood. I never did get a picture of her wearing it, but that’s okay—it came out too short so I’m not sure how much she’s actually been able to wear it. I learned my lesson, and added length this time. Other than that, this pattern is great (especially since it’s free!)

 

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P1130119I moved into this lovely old attic apartment at the beginning of summer 2014, and spent the first couple weeks shopping for furniture at Goodwill and Boomerangs. I fell in love with this 1930s-(ish?) folding chair—it was only five bucks!!—so home it came with me. All along the plan was to remove the old vinyl seat covering and recover it with something awesome, but as you can tell by the date stamp on this blog post, it’s taken an inexplicably long time to complete the easiest DIY project ever.

The fabric is an utterly delightful linen upholstery weight from Cotton + Steel, which waited patiently in the drawer while I got myself organized enough to pick up a foam chair pad from Jo-Ann. I cut the pad to size with a box cutter, pulled all the rusty old staples out, and put on the new upholstery using a staple gun left over from my canvas-stretching days.

 

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Believe it or not, it is possible to fall head-over-heels in love with a folding chair. This print puts a big smile on my face every time I look at it.

 

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I’m working on my dress for Kate’s wedding at the moment, so that’ll probably be the next project I blog!

 

2 Comments to Starry Sorbetto and Retro Apples

  1. Susan Grant's Gravatar Susan Grant
    January 27, 2017 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    The picture with the chair is lovely and the lighting is perfect! xo

  2. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    February 8, 2017 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    The shirt works perfectly with a high waisted skirt! I’ll take a picture next time I wear it to work.

    The shirt and chair look awesome!

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