I'll have a triple Sorbetto please

I'm extremely late to the party but I have finally made a Sorbetto! My holiday is approaching (whoop, whoop!) and I realised I needed some more clothes to take with me which has led to a flurry of sewing activity. The ironing board is now living permanently in the kitchen! They have also come in useful for the warm evenings we have been having in the UK. 

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This pattern is very easy, it is made of two pieces of fabric plus bias tape on the neckline and arms. It can be put together in an evening, this is the kind of quick project that I like. I didn't need to make any changes to the pattern which makes it even better! This is sensible sewing for me, cake if you will. I need tops that will match the shorts and skirts I have or will have by the end of the month. 

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Hunting through my stash I found some left over white cotton with scribbled black flowers and knew it would be perfect. I didn't have enough for both pieces so made the front in white and used the left over black cotton used for my winter coat lining. I used French seams as the white cotton adds very little bulk.

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I then noticed the brown cotton with pink spots and thought it would make a great second. I picked up this fabric in the swap at Birmingham last month. Shamefully, I can't remember who brought it along but thank you! I love this top and it has been worn quite a few times already. I even had enough for bias tape. The edges are finished nicely with French seams. 

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It seems I just can't get enough of this pattern as I made a third one! This time I hacked the pattern a little. I drew a smooth, gently curve from the just above the darts to the centre seam and chopped it off. I decided to keep the pleat as I really like it. I chose a white cotton for the main part and back and pale pink for the top yoke. The seams aren't so good on this one sadly. I had hoped to use French seams again (anyone tell this is my favourite way to finish seams?) but I pinned the pieces with right sides together and only realised when I had stitched them all. I could have ripped them out but it was very late and I couldn't be bothered. They are finished with a zigzag over locking stitch instead. I finished it off with the buttons I got free from Sewbox

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Three tops in three evenings and they were free! Don't you just love it when you have everything to complete a project and can make it out of stash pieces not quite big enough for a full garment? 

20:20 Challenge: How I'm getting on

You may have seen that earlier this year I set myself a challenge. Dubbed my 20:20 challenge the plan is to make twenty individual items from twenty different patterns. I'm now almost midway through and thought it was time to check progress. I haven't really been keeping a log of items made except that I know I need to make two items a month. 

I started off with twelve chosen patterns with eight spare "slots" as I knew I would find some along the way and would want to buy patterns as they were released. And I have! I now have just two more to choose. I added the Sorbetto, the Miette and the Victoria Blazer. I also have my self-drafted pattern. 

How many have I made then? Nine, just one short of my target for half way. I'm pleased that I have managed to stay on track so far. I couldn't resist sharing again the photos of the completed items! Unfortunately I don't have photos for my Miette or the Sorbettos (yes, plural) yet but they will come soon. 

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Anise

Some of you will remember I promised at least half of them will not be blue, black or pink. I'm still comfortably within this, with six being those colours. The fact that I have been selective with which Sorbetto to include helps with this a bit. Is that cheating? I don't think so as I set my own rules here! Which means you can probably guess what colour the Miette is. 

Three patterns are work in progress. The Peony, which I haven't looked at since I noticed the fitting issues, my self drafted dress and the Thurlow shorts for which I'm going to stay toile number 3 this weekend. I'm hopeful this will be the last one. 

I've noticed that, in typical fashion, I have completed the easier projects at the beginning. I'm convinced this will come back to bite me as I attempt to complete two more complicated patterns a month. Oh well, I learn the hard way! 

What about you? Did you set yourself a goal this year? If so, how are you getting on?