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Coral polka dots at the sea

Posted By Lisa On May 29, 2013 @ 10:16 am In sewing,show and tell | 8 Comments

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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