i’ve been ogling others’ sorbettos for months. fancy, plain, busy, simple, embellished with buttons or sewn simply with its signature pleat, sorbetto is an ace. there are many reasons to love sorbetto, not least of which is the fact that it’s free (as if the ladies at colette patterns needed another reason for us to love them). it is a much-loved and oft-sewn little sleeveless blouse, and i’m pleased to say that it has finally made its way into my closet.
one of the endearing qualities of sorbetto is the bias tape. it’s. so. cute. and polished. and tailored. while making bias tape can be a nuisance, there is something satisfying about the whole process that i rather like. if you don’t like the fiddlyness of sewing all those wee seams, be sure to check out sarai’s tutorial on continuous loop bias tape. it’s rad! the concept seemed impossibly difficult at first, but, when i got my head around it, it kind of blew my mind. turning a 10″x10″ square of fabric into a highway of bias tape just didn’t seem possible…but it worked! with no joining of pieces! with just 2 seams! for real! do try it. (yes, i see how sloppy my topstitching is. i think i need a better presser-foot for topstitching. any suggestions?).
sorbetto taught me another lesson: don’t pretend that quilting weight cotton is appropriate for wee drapey tops. unfortunately, the slightly boxy shape of this pattern is emphasized by the fabric i used – it is a little too heavy, but i couldn’t get my hands on anything that wasn’t a frankenfabric of syntheticness, so i went with a heavier-weight cotton. this pattern really needs a lightweight, drapey fabric (it virtually demands tana lawn – i’m powerless, i’ll have to give in!). also to blame is my shape. i cut my size according to the measurements, but i could easily cut it a size down next time – i find the back too ample and there’s a little too much room in the bust (sigh).
can’t you just imagine the endless incarnations of sorbetto? if not, check out the flickr stream or just google ‘sorbetto top’. so much potential!
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