Market skirt upgrade

A visit to the “car boot sale” Sunday morning markets in Wimbledon is not for the faint hearted. These markets are held in the car park of Wimbledon Greyhound track and attract a mixed bag of offerings – a load of junk and a few interesting pieces of clothing, toys, home-ware etc. Be sure to take plenty of small change as most items can be haggled down to a pound or less. There is also a fresh food section where seasonal fruit & veg can be bought and also meat from the butcher vans – look out for bulk purchases – 3 chickens, slab of steak.

On my recent visit I was lured to buy a red tartan skirt. The style was not to my liking, nor the size; however the fabric was spot on and it only cost me a pound!

Alterations to complete

  • remove elastic waist
  • shorten skirt
  • add new waistband
  • add zipper
  • add lining

A few photos of my progress so far

red tartan with pleats
red tartan with pleats

red tartan skirt peices
red tartan skirt and new waistband

Sorbetto top with half sleeves and front detail

So this is my second project using the Sorbetto Top pattern – it can be downloaded for free at
Learning from my mistakes and from wearing my first made Sorbetto top,  I have now made a few adjustments to ensure this new top is more comfortable …. and also a bit different.

I have added :

  • about 4 inches to the length of the top
  • instead of one pleat in the front i have done 8 pin tucks
  • 1 small patch pocket on the right front
Here is a picture of my top … still in process
front detail sorbetto top
front detail sorbetto top….not finished yet

And the finished product

sorbetto with sleeves pocket front detail
I like the small pocket, handy for phone or oyster card

Red and White Summer Top

I recently bought a cotton scarf with red and white check pattern, and I didn’t particularly like the scarf; however the fabric was soft, light and big enough to make a top from.

I used the free downloadable Sorbetto top pattern from Colette Patterns.

I did not scale the pattern correctly when I printed it as the size was not perfect but that just gives me the excuse to try again and make a few more tops.

And here is the finished product. I used red bias binding to finish off the neck and arms.

red and white top
Red and white Sorbetto Top