Last year I was in desperate need of some more shorts plus a tank top. We didn’t get much of a summer, but there was enough to create a need, so I went diving in my pattern and fabric stash.
Katy and Laney Tap Shorts
My first pair were such a success I decided to use the pattern again. I made front view A with back view 2 as previously. I love that piped trim and pockets are always useful! I lengthened them by an inch and also let out the waist by about half inch. I’ve put on a wee bit of weight since I made the first pair and the original waist is a bit tight.
The fabric is a blue viscose which as been in my stash since forever. I honestly cannot remember when and where I got it! I didn’t use piping, but just some left over fabric to make a bias strip. It’s actually fabric left over from the first version of this blouse. I didn’t add any trim to the waistband, I rarely if ever wear anything tucked in so it seemed a pointless exercise.
I used some checked cotton which I’d found in Mum’s stash when she died to make the welt pockets on the back. I also added an in seam pocket to the right seam. (A girl can never have enough pockets!) The left seam has an invisible zip. I finished the hems using purple hug snug. Lots of colours! 🙂
Fabric: Blue viscose from stash, pale blue check from Mum’s stash for the pockets and a floral fabric for the bias strips
Notions: Thread, interfacing, hug snug and an invisible zip
Pattern: Katy & Laney Tap Shorts, front view A, back view 2, size 12.
Changes made: Lengthened them by an inch and added half inch to the waist
Another one/recommendations: This is a great shorts pattern. The instructions for the welt pockets are really clear and easy to follow. I have to say I didn’t really follow the other instructions. I have worn these so much this summer, particularly when I go for a walk in the bush and hills near home.
I first made the Sorbetto years ago when it was first launched, I think it was the first ever Indie pattern I made and was a muslin. The fit wasn’t great and it was a bit short and I went off the fabric. It didn’t get worn much, then I decided I liked it again and it got worn more. The pattern was re-released last March. I decided to use the pattern I had already and alter it to my liking, rather than download the new version.
I lowered the bust darts, lengthened it and added darts to the back to add some more shape. As you can tell I also removed the front pleat. I guess it’s basically unrecognisable as a Sorbetto, but I’m happy with it.
The fabric is a cotton which I think was either a remnant or I got from Fabric-a-Brac. It was great to sew with. The fabric of dreams basically. I made the bias binding from the same fabric.
Fabric: A cream with brown flowers from stash
Pattern: Colette Sorbetto, the original pattern from 2011, size 12
Changes made: Lowered the bust darts, removed the front pleat, lengthened the top and added darts to the back.
Another one/recommendations: If you want a quick tank top and free pattern you could do a lot worse. This is easy and quick to put together. The fit is a little boxy, but nothing that can’t be fixed from adding darts in the back. I don’t know how the new version shapes up, but certainly the darts for me are way too high in the original. And why haven’t I downloaded the updated version? I’m lazy and saving on paper! 🙂
These photos? They were taken a couple of weeks ago on the hill behind our house. Te Ahumairangi Hill. It was very hot and sunny and hard work to walk up there! 🙂