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.

http://www.coletterie.com/colette-patterns-news/free-pattern-to-download-the-sorbetto-top

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

Cute little skirt

cute skirt with pockets
"party skirt"

I used the following website as a tutorial for this “Milk Maid” skirt.
http://crafterhours.blogspot.com/2009/11/milkmaid-skirt-tutorial.html
The use of bias binding on the pockets and around the hem is fantastic – as well as being contrasting in colour, it was easy to apply. I did try and make my own bias binding; however is was rather difficult and so much easier to buy !!
The tutorial was easy to follow, and I feel confident that I could make another one of these skirts in about 2 hours.
I really love this skirt – it’s very comfortable, the pockets are a good size and the African print design is bright and colourful.

I have modified this pattern and have made a similar skirt for sale on Etsy – May 2012 – http://www.etsy.com/listing/99392888/elastic-waist-skirt-with-front-pockets