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I made this circle skirt as one of my first projects a few months back, and even though the craftsmanship isn’t the best, the skirt is still cute and wearable. My issue came when I tried to find something to match with the fabric. It’s a dark, dark navy and a yellowish-cream striped synthetic of sorts that I got for free when I got my machine. In the few months that have passed since, my sewing abilities have improved and I felt confident enough to take on the famed sorbetto pattern from Colette patterns. I knew I wanted it with sleeves, so I could wear the shirt to school and follow dress code, and found this sleeve pattern that sew weekly made. Sizing for the patterns felt like a miracle, as I found that I was a straight size six for the sorbetto, and after a bit of digging on the internet, found the the sleeve pattern was drafted for a size six as well! (Hooray for no pattern grading!) I did, however, make a few adjustments to the sorbetto, adding 2 inches in length, opting for the front-pleatless version, and adding a self-drafted peter pan collar. With the sleeves and collar, I was able to get out of adding any bias tape to finish the edges. The bulk of the sorbetto is made from some more free fabric in a similar dark navy that’s super soft. I used the back side of the busy floral fabric, which looks like stars in the night sky to me. The collar was the biggest pain in the butt. I chose to use the same navy and cream striped fabric as the skirt. This became a nightmare, taking a few hours to line up the stripes on each collar piece and cut them out, and the collar doesn’t lie entirely flat, but I’m really happy with out it turned out! (Any outfit made entirely for free is a win in my book!)

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