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Coral polka dots at the sea

Posted May 29th, 2013 by

These four-day weeks are confusing the heck out of me. Don’t get me wrong, I love the long weekends, but wow. How did it get to be Wednesday already?? My work schedule has completely flown out the window for the last three weeks, and with it, my concept of how much time has passed since my last blog post.

One look at my blog history tells me I had the exact same problem last year. Oh well. I’m here now, right? Right!

Polka Dot Sorbetto Tank @lclarke522

So, I wanted to tell you about my latest Sorbetto. I only managed to make one more after the three vintage sheet versions I showed you and before my Ocean City trip, and I haven’t been back to the sewing machine since (see above re: scheduling).

I think this may be my favorite one yet. It’s got a bit of a vintage flair with the polka dots and all, and that color is just really super.

I wore it to the beach (that’s where I took these pictures) and it was not a warm or sunny day. Rather than be bummed about that, I took it as my cue to accessorize when I took a walk into downtown Ocean City.

Polka Dot Sorbetto Tank @lclarke522

I got this scarf on clearance at Macy’s a few months ago, and it’s sooooo soft. The girl at the bead shop complemented me on how great the pale aqua and deep orange looked together.

Polka Dot Sorbetto Tank @lclarke522

I actually wore it with a sweater, too, for my walk. Like I said, it was not warm.

A few hours later, we headed out to our boardwalk supper and I got to try yet another look for this shirt:

Polka Dot Sorbetto Tank @lclarke522

Yeah. Barely peeking out under the heaviest sweater I had with me. It had progressed from “not warm” to “darn chilly.”

This week, we are staring down the barrel of some 90-degree days, so I’m going to have plenty of time to wear it again without the sweater accompaniments.

Some details: like I mentioned earlier, it’s the Colette Sorbetto tank (available for free!). I had previously done a full bust adjustment on the pattern and added 3 inches in length, and the pattern is now a perfect fit for me. For this polka dot version, I eliminated the pleat in the center, and made my own bias tape. The fabric is a cotton lawn from Fashion Fabrics Club, which I have had mixed results from. One order took nearly two weeks to reach (a very very impatient) me, and another order got here in about five days. Your mileage may vary.

With the hot weather on the horizon, I may whip up a few more of these. I have a new green gingham I got on sale, and some dark medallion-style prints that would all look good in this pattern. These tanks are so versatile, as you can see. They can be worn alone, or with layers, depending on the weather. And if you’re at the ocean, your wind and sun will probably vary so much from morning to evening, you’ll get to wear all of those options on the same day!

Tea and the Atlantic Ocean @lclarke522

P.S. I’m ready to go back to the ocean. Anyone want to blow off their responsibilities and road trip it? (oh, if only!)

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  • Joan Smith says:

    Lisa,

    Love your blog! Have you thought about making the tops reversible – you’d have twice as many and no bias tape to deal with.

  • beki says:

    super cute, lisa!!
    ✿ Enjoy this post from beki: dance

  • laura says:

    ok, let’s discuss your tank. you didn’t put the darty things in the middle this time. (those/that is why i haven’t not yet downloaded the pattern. DO NOT LIKE)

    is it EASY? will it fit mah ladies?

    • Lisa says:

      It’s really easy to skip the pleat in the middle – you pretty much just cut the pattern at the pleat line instead of the cut line, and ignore the pleat instructions.
      The rest of it is pretty easy, too, if you can handle darts and bias tape. (I wasn’t very good at darts when I made the first one, but it only took a few more tops to fix that.)

      I needed a FBA to fit my ladies – I originally cut out the pattern to fit my bust measurement and it was too wide. Awful. I went down two sizes and did a FBA, and it was much much better. I also added some length, because I don’t like short tops on me.

  • Laura says:

    May I ask what jeans you were wearing in the photo? They look quite cute and we seem to be similarly built. Thank you.

    • Lisa says:

      Sure! They’re GAP jeans, and about the only kind I can find that fit both my waist and my hips nicely (usually one or the other is a bad fit). I love these so much, that when my old pair got a hole in them, I went on eBay to get another pair :-)
      Hope that helps. Let me know if you need more specifics.

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