Tuesday, 5 July 2011

The Sorbetto Series

For anyone who hasn't yet made it, or -God forbid- hasn't heard of it, you need to click here to start planning your Sorbetto Series.  The Sorbetto Top, a free downloadable pattern from Colette, is perfect in its sixties summery simplicity, and is such a breeze to make that it's hard to stop at just one.  Intending to make one or two, I have ended up with four.  And it's not only me; just Google "sorbetto top" and you'll find pages and pages of blog posts and flickr pools of all the many millions of variations people have come up with (so much for having something unique by making your clothes by hand, ha!). In fact, it was thanks to Marie at A Sewing Odyssey where I first saw the Sorbetto, and Miss P for inspiring me to make one more, and then another...

Short Sorbetto No.1 - made using some leftover Liberty cotton that has been sitting in my stash for a while, and done following the pattern precisely.  It came out a little short due to lack of fabric, so this will be a tucked-in-top only.  Looks hot with a weighty red circle skirt I made a few years ago.

Silk Sorbetto No.2 - getting excited now and seeing all the variations possible with this pattern... Nude silk crepe, top-stitched box pleat sandwiching a vintage trim given to me by a late friend who shared my love of lingerie.  I can't wait to wear this one.

Swing Sorbetto No.3 - completely fell in love with the print.  I let the pleat go free on this one and added another at centre back to give it more of a swing shape which came out beautifully.  This is the one I will wear the most, already wore it today and felt very happy in it.  I'm still debating whether or not to add an off-white flower button at the top of the pleat.

an ingenious method to make bias tape without any fancy devices

Sleepy Sorbetto No.4 - a longer version of No.3.  Nightdress or beach dress.  This came out a little too Maternity-esque for my taste, so I might have a little fiddle with it tomorrow to adjust the volume.

Time to move on now.


  1. Hahaha I haven't heard of it but then again I can't sew.

    I think that excuses me lol

    I really do like the 3rd top, the one you wear the most!

  2. Wow, these are all so gorgeous...and thanks for the name check ;o) I feel I'm falling behind as I only have 3 in my series...must catch up, hehe!

  3. Beautiful!! I like the bias maker trick! Thanks for the mention too...I'm gonna have tomake some more now!!

  4. I love your versions and the pictures. Great job.

  5. What kind of fabric did you use on that 3rd version, the one with a bit more swing? I love them all, they're just gorgeous!

  6. Thanks for the lovely feedback, makes me want to make more!! But no, onto new things...

    Cindy: if you want to get into sewing, this would be a great pattern to start with!

    Amanda: the 3rd version was made using a cotton lawn, which came out lovely and airy... would also be lovely in something with a little more weight, I'm tempted to do just one more in some viscose jersey for extra drape.



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