Hot! 7DoS: The Summer 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


Today's Sorbetto, The Summer Sorbetto, is a pretty straight take on the standard pattern. I added sleeves again using the same pattern piece. But, instead of pleating them, I gathered them. The biggest modification to the shirt is the pleated collar, which was quite simple to make.

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Pleat-top My original inspiration was the Pleat Trim Top from Boden. I constructed the shirt exactly in the same manner as a basic Sorbetto. For the neckline, I didn't add bias tape. Instead I simply folded over the  edges twice and stitched.

To make the pleat, I cut a long piece of fabric twice the width I wanted to the finished pleated trim. Then, I folded the fabric lengthwise, right sides facing each other and stitched up the sides. I turned the piece outside-in so that there were no raw edges and then stitched the ends closed. 

I pleated and pinned this piece of fabric around the front neckline (I skipped the back) and then simply stitched directly on top of the pleats.

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Here's a closer view of the pleated neckline on the shirt:

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 And here I am (roots and all) at a family reunion picnic today.

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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. judy roberson

    I love the gingham check..and the pleated neck ..really cute.. Great idea.. Looking forward to #3.. Happy Sewing.

  2. So cute! I love the untucked look and was hoping at least one of your Sorbettos would be shown untucked. I don’t like wearing my shirts tucked in… thanks for showing off how cute it looks!

  3. LOL on the roots – I’ll bet you’re counting the days down, right? Now that your perm is softening up a bit, it looks really natural and flattering! Oh, that pleated neckline – cute, cute, cute, CUTE!!!!

  4. I love how it turned out, and your styling with it untucked, denim, and belt is very cute.

  5. GO FUNKY ROOTS! you look so totally punk rock!
    actually… glasses; gingham; retro jewelry… i’m sorry girl. let me amend that.
    you look so totally HIPSTER. when did you move to brooklyn?

  6. LOVE this! What a clever way to spice it up a bit!!

  7. Great Sorbetto! Again!

  8. I prefer to wear my blouses out, too. This trim was simple but effective. I like it a lot.

  9. I love love love the pleated neckline! Thanks for some great inspiration, and what a beautiful shirt!

  10. So cute! And the perm is looking great!!!

  11. It’s so pretty, Mena! :)

  12. really pretty! I like the pleats idea

  13. The pleated trim is perfect in gingham – well done!

  14. Wow! I had written off this pattern because, like you, I was just not feeling the sleeveless version. But the ones you are making are awesome! These shirts look so slim on you–there is no closure in the back? Most of the other Sorbettos I’ve seen are kind of loosy goosy, but yours fit so nicely. awesome!

  15. I really like this one, but then again I love gingham. Wish I could find some cute gingham.

  16. Hi!
    Very nice top.
    Can’t see on photos how you’ve finished back neckline. Could you describe, please?
    Thanks, Vadim.