Hot! The Don’t Stand So Close to Me Sorbetto

The Facts

Fabric:  I honestly haven’t the foggiest. Some sort of rayon blend for the yoke and some sort of cotton blend for the rest. All of it came from my stash.
Pattern: Colette Sorbetto
Year: 2011
Notions: Self-made bias tape (UGH!)
Time to Complete: 24 Hours (I don’t want to talk about it.)
First Worn: January 9, 2012
Wear Again: Absolutely not.

Cost: $0

This one gave me the fits. I was going for something like this (the lovely Katharine Hepburn):

As inspired by this:


A lovely vintage necklace I inherited from my great-grandmother. It’s long and the beads are big but not too big. My great-grandmother was a very fashionable lady and when she passed, we found boxes of period costume jewelry, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s. I liked this piece for it’s Art Deco vibe–the beads are sparkly and textured, something I attempted to mimic with my choice of fabric.

What I ended up with–after 24 hours of sewing, basting, pinning, basting again, sewing some more, ripping out seams (many, many, many seams… ridiculous amount of seams for a two seam garment), futzing with darts to get rid of under arm gap, and bias tape–oh the horror that is bias tape!:

Even the picture is horrendous (it wouldn’t fix despite my best efforts!).

What I like about this shirt: I learn a LOT. I got out my serger for the first time and figured out how it basically works, and even managed to make it go around a curved seam. It was AWESOME. Inserting sleeves is not as daunting as it once was.  After hours–too, too many hours!–and about three attempts, one in which I some how managed to rip my bias tape when attempting to remove it, I managed to wrangle it into some sort of semblance of submission. Because my main fabric wasn’t wide enough, I was forced to get over my fear of pattern manipulation; I had to modify the Sorbetto pattern so that I could cut a yoke out of a separate peice of fabric.

So, even though I call it the “Don’t Stand so Close to Me Sorbetto” because it really only looks good from a distance… a long, long, LONG distance… away, maybe I should call it the “Starter Sorbetto” or “Things I Learned Sorbetto” if for no other reason than, despite myself, I learned a ridiculous amount while crafting (can I even use that word for this abomination) this beast.


Tina C.

Tina C. is a writer living in Philadelphia, PA with her beau and her two ridiculously spoiled Siamese cats (this does not a crazy cat lady make!). She's not buying any off-the-rack clothing this year, so she better get cracking and learn how to sew!


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  1. Looks good to me, especially the contrast yoke!

  2. It’s the distance, trust me! It’s a hot mess up close. :) But thank you!

  3. It doesn’t look so bad. The only way is onwards and upwards!

  4. for a ‘Sorbetto muslin’ it looks pretty good. I like the contrast yoke and the curved hem so I reckon that your next attempt will be spot on.

  5. I liked that you learned a lot and also that you pulled out your serger. I don’t know about you, but half the time its a mystery and the other have it’s a wonderment! Bravo on your blouse. The more we sew, the more we know!

  6. Cool concept, and really most people won’t notice- especially if it’s black. It’s like people see black and nothing else. Which is kind of awesome. Keep at it, you’ll have less “hot mess” situations. :)

  7. Like all the previous commenters have already said, it looks okay and I’m so glad it was a good learning opportunity for you! I just had almost the exact same experience with a skirt I was making — lots of seam ripping, hot mess up close, but such an experience! I think too frequently we just give up when something doesn’t work the first time; way to persevere, and here’s to hoping that your next Sorbetto turns out better!

  8. Wow, I think you have done really well. Bias binding is not really something beginners usually attempt so you are ahead of the game. The fabric looks difficult too. Maybe next time use some obedient cotton – nothing too fine or slippery! Beautiful necklace, don’t know where all my Nana’s amazing costume jewellery went – I got about one piece when she was alive. Nice to have.

  9. Nice work on the yoke! Messing round with patterns is always a learning curve and it sounds like you got lots of experience from this one!

    PS The necklace is awesomeness!