Hot! 7DoS: The Society Sorbetto

What's 7 Days of Sorbetto? For seven days, I'm making a different top based on the free and downloadable Sorbetto Tank Top  from Colette Patterns


Okay, so my third Sorbetto for 7 Days of Sorbetto isn't a top. But, it started out that way. I knew that I wanted to try making a top with a lace overlay. I happened to have a ton of this lace in my stash (another $1 find) and some bright orange cotton that would work well. 

The original name for this Sorbetto was going to be "The Sandwich Sorbetto" because that's the best way to describe the technique I used. After cutting out a version of the top in lace and orange cotton, I sandwiched the two lace pieces right-side facing each other, between the two orange pieces right-side facing as well. I skipped the darts for this shirt because I didn't want to have visible darts showing through the lace. After sewing the sides and shoulder seams, I used my serger to stitch all of the raw pieces together.

Then, I inserted the sleeves just as I have done with the other Sorbettos.

And, with a little hemming I was finished (I hemmed the top instead of using bias tape). 

It was after I realized that I didn't have the right bottom for this top that I decided to turn it into a dress, in particular a 1920s drop-waisted dress.



It was actually Amy who first wrote about turning a Sorbetto into a 1920s dress for Gatsby Summer Afternoon. It's kind of ridiculous how easy it was. I simply cut a skirt bottom that followed the basic angle of the top. Then, after sandwiching it all together like the top, I attached it to the bottom of the Sorbetto top. I spent no more than 2 hours on a dress that I could easily seen being worn to something like Gatsby Summer Afternoon.

Of course that makes me realize how I haven't even started thinking about my real Gatsby dress for this year.

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Other Sorbettos from the 7 Days of Sorbetto Challenge:

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Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. wow, that is super pretty!

  2. This is beautiful, Mena! Absolutely fabulous! I am gonna make one now. Gorgeous!

  3. I like this!! Very pretty. And it has a completely different feel to your first two sorbettos. Cool.

  4. Well, I gues you have a pretty darn nice back up dress if you don’t get around to thinking of Gatsby!

  5. Wow, that is gorgoues! Your seven days of Sorbettos sure is inspiring.

  6. Um, this is amazing. And I am in love with this lace! I’ve been keeping my eyes open at thrift stores for months but have yet to come across anything other than awful lace curtains from the 80s. This is absolutely AMAZING!

  7. Mena, it’s exactly what I imagined it could be. Bravo! And, you’ve gotten so skilled at speed sewing that I imagine you’ll be able to pull together whatever dress you want for this year’s Gatsby Summer Afternoon, no matter if you start the weekend before. Plus, you can always wear this gorgeous number.

  8. You’ve definitely inspired me to sew many Sorbettos! I downloaded the pattern on Friday and am waiting to try it out with your adjustments (and sleeves.)

  9. Oh wow! My favourite by far!!! What a fabulous idea!

  10. I adore this! How beautiful.

  11. Wow, what a great pattern adaptation! You look fabulous.

  12. Such a great idea!!! I love that you made it a 20s-esque dress; you pull the look off so well! :)

  13. This is gorgeous – I just love how you make all this seem SO easy.

  14. Perfect! I cannot even believe that this came from a simple Sorbetto pattern – it is so classically beautiful!

  15. Wow, what a gorgeous spin on a very versatile top!

  16. wow- why make something else for Gatsby- this looks awesome :)

  17. That is beautiful!


  19. GASP!! I’m absolutely in love with this dress! If you ever tire of it and want to find it a new home, I’ll gladly take it in for you. ;)

  20. I may need to use this technique for my own Gatsby dress, since I am so limited for time! It came out really darling.

  21. man, how awesome is this series! If you hoped to become my one-stop-shop for sorbetto inspiration, well done.

  22. I am usually a lurker, but just had to comment on this version: LOVE IT
    I have learned so much from your site/blog. Thank you so much and to all the other contributors. :)

  23. This is absolutely beautiful. You look so authentic!