Hot! Tropical Sorbetto

Phew ... It's warm in here!

The Facts

Fabric:  1960’s Art Silk (?)
Pattern: FREE download, Colette Sorbetto
Year: 2012
Notions: Blue Lace from stash, Satin Bias Tape £2.90, Rayon Thread £2.00
Time to complete: approx 7-8 hours
First Worn: January 2012
Cost:  Fabric £1 from charity shop bin, notions £4.90  TOTAL:  £5.90
Wear again:  Yes!

This is based on the,’Cran-Do Attitude’ top – I’m easing myself gently back into sewing for the new year with Sorbetto ….  I had intended using this fabric for handbag linings – it has that kind of quality about it.  But there’s so much of it anyway that I still have enough left over for one or two, even after making this.  To me, it looks like something from the 60’s.  I found this, together with a piece with a pink ground in the window of a charity shop.  The shade of blue-green is supposed to be one of my colours and so I thought I could make a useful tank top (Sorbetto to the rescue!).

It's like a jungle out there ...

I used Claire Schaffer’s, ‘Couture Techniques’ book to find out how to make a false french seam for the inside finishing (hand done whip stitch) for this flimsy fabric.  I’ve made the body longer, into a more flattering (for me) tunic shape. I also gathered and hand sewed the blue lace trim to achieve an invisible attachment behind the front pleat.  I even found some silk effect bias tape (the only shade they had in the shop was green!) which makes the neck and armholes more fluid than a cotton tape would have.  I machined the first seam and handstitched the foldover to achieve an invisible effect. I like this top because it uses exactly one pack of bias tape. The notions have cost more than the fabric!


Inside out details ...


See - no stitches showing through!

So, overall, as good on the inside as the outside – my goal for this year.  Just the thing for the upcoming spring and summer at work with these trousers maybe, as well as tucked into my navy suit skirt.  Even with my white jeans on holiday. I could even have made it longer, as a dress, and might do that next time.  The only place I can wear it now in January is in the tropical greenhouses at the Botanic Gardens here in Cambridge.  I am standing among bunches of bananas and tropical flowers. It was raining on the day of the photographs and particularly humid indoors, so a funny experience to have – sorry about the creases – I had my qulted parka coat on over it on the journey there.  Photographs courtesy of Cheryl, who I work with!




Diane has sewn all through life but gave things a serious go at the beginning of 2011 and during the year took part in 50 Sew Weekly challenges. She now wants to expand her knowledge and learn new techniques in each project she completes, as well as develop a style of her own and a sense of quality over quantity. She studied print design some years ago and a love of unusual prints and colours underpins her work. Currently, she works full time dealing with copyright issues and previously, she managed photographic sales for a leading fine art museum. Diane is so grateful for the friendship, support and encouragement she has received from the Sew Weekly community.


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  1. What a great fabric choice, really like the longer length too.

  2. Diane, OHH I just loved the inspiration for your sorbetto. xx

  3. What fun vintage fabric! Great use of new techniques!

  4. Gorgeous- I absolutely love that fabric, and envy your patience in finishing the inside so perfectly!

  5. I love the trim technique, I think I need to get that book by Claire Schaffer’s ‘Couture Techniques’.

  6. Yay Diane, great Sorbetto. The jungle pic is fab.

  7. Really enjoy the fabric and the hand stitched bias tape. Very nice!

  8. I thought you might be on holiday! Great idea for the photos. I admire your attention to the finishing details– looks impeccable.

  9. Very Cute! I love the color and fabric. You have inspired me to make a sorbetto!

  10. Beautiful top, love the trim details.

  11. Thanks Krista. I was glad I could find the right trims to match.

  12. It looks so lovely, Diane! I love the ruffle and bias trim you added – and that fabric is positively fabulous! Well done!

  13. Glad you found a warm(ish) spot to take a photo. Lovely fabric – much to nice to stay hidden as a bag lining.

  14. So summery and cute!

  15. Diane, the print on this top is gorgeous! Love the bias binding too. And even though it’s inside, it’s still fun to see a photo of the “tropics” :) Well done!

  16. Thanks Amanda! I think I need to get on and make something with the pink stuff I found at the same time.

  17. Such pretty fabric and trims Diane. Really nicely done & great photos. I cannot believe you hand stitched all that bias binding!! I am in awe. I just stitched the waist of a bodice lining and it was enough to give me a sore wrist. (I really do avoid hand stitching.. silly me topstitched the waist and forgot to catch in my lining.. doh! It does look much neater though.. I will admit.

  18. I love being in front of the telly with some sewing Casey – especially at this time of year (for us in the UK!), so it didn’t seem too much of an effort – much nicer than sitting up at a table in the draughty kitchen. Look forward to seeing your creation!