7DoS: The Starter Sorbetto
Welcome to day one of 7 Days of Sorbetto, my seven-day challenge to make seven unique tops based on the Sorbetto Tank Top Pattern from Colette Patterns (download your own free copy here). For each top, I hope to provide some sort of tip or inspiration that The Sew Weekly readers can apply to their own Sorbettos. Also, I plan on inviting community involvement (like voting for the fabrics) to make this more of an interactive challenge. I hope you enjoy the next seven days!
But first, why Sorbetto?
I had held off creating a top with the pattern since I'm not a fan of showing my arms in the Sorbetto silhouette. It's hard to articulate the look, but I can only say that it reminds me of photos of my great-grandmother Grabowski from the late 1960s. She was a big woman and wore sleeves tops like the Sorbetto and her jiggly underarms were out in full glory. I'm totally fine with my own jiggly underarms, but the style is just too reminiscent of these photos. That said, I wanted to give the top a chance since others were having great luck with it and didn't look like "Grandma Grabowski."
It took me a while to figure out the pattern for sleeves that would work best with the top (for me) but after three tries, I had something that was easy to construct, flattering and not particularly time-consuming. The Sorbetto pattern on its own is a DREAM to sew. I can make one in about forty-five minutes from start to finish. And, without fail, I haven't made one I didn't like. So, when I decided it was time to do another seven day challenge, this was the pattern I knew was up to the task.
Just in case someone is wondering, Colette Patterns isn't sponsoring this challenge. I picked the pattern because of my own personal experiences.
While I can't be 100% sure, I'm fairly certain that the majority of Sorbettos I make in the next seven days will have sleeves. Because of that fact, I decided I wanted to offer a printable version of the sleeve pattern I'm using.
Now, I'm not a professional pattern drafter and many folks would be able to do a much better job. Heck, I didn't even make it all bezier and nice in illustrator. I made a quick and dirty version of the sleeve this morning in hopes that it would enough of a jump start for folks to customize their own take on the sleeve. If you're better at this sort of thing and want to draft an improved version of the sleeve, please do (and let me know!).
Once you print out these two pieces, use tape to join them together. Or, just use it as a guide for your own smaller or larger version of the sleeve.
One note: Instead of gathering the sleeves, I make two pleats in the middle where the sleeve meets the shoulder. I find that less irritating than gathering and it allows me to insert the sleeve cleanly before the side seams of the bodice have been sewn.
So for the first day of 7 Days of Sorbetto, I present a fairly straight take of the top, plus the sleeves. For almost every Sorbetto I make, I lengthen the bodice pieces about 2" each. This is because I tend to always tuck my shirts into high-waisted skirts or pants. I need that extra fabric to make sure the tuck sticks (for lack of a better word. To lengthen my Sorbettos, I cut the pattern pieces at the natural waist line and extend from there.
The fabric I used I thrifted for $.50. Probably the absolute best thing about Sorbetto is how little fabric it requires. The pattern uses bias binding for the edges so there is no need for fabric for facings. And, if you're not making sleeves, it requires even less. For 54" width fabric, I've made the shirt with about 2/3" of a yard. Sorbetto has created a world of possibilities for all my "not-enough-to-do-anything" fabric.
While it looks silkier than it really is, the fabric is just a nice cotton. Pardon the wrinkles, but I had been wearing it before I took the picture.
The decorative buttons I used were buttons that I debated taking off their card since they were so cute:
And here they are on the shirt:
And here is The Starter Sorbetto being worn. I really am happy with this top, though without proper styling, I could look like I was on my way to Boca.
Other Sorbettos from the 7 Days of Sorbetto Challenge: