Hot! The “Upcycled and Loving It” Top

Finally, my sewing machine and fabric are out of their boxes!  Here’s my super-satisfying-to-make Sorbetto top.

The Facts
⁃ Fabric: upcycled rayon skirt
⁃ Pattern: Sorbetto (free here!)
⁃ Year: 2006?
⁃ Notions: DIY bias tape made from swiss dot batiste scraps
⁃ Time to complete: 4 hours (the tape making took most of this time)
⁃ First worn: this week
⁃ Wear again? yes, with lots of care (see below)
⁃ Total price: 0!  freeee

This little Sorbetto top came to be after a friend of mine gave me a skirt she had tossed into the wash and came out like this:


So, I knew this rayon fabric had an unraveling issue.  I dug into Claire Schaeffer’s book on fabric and learned that rayon does unravel easily. Check.  Rayon likes to be zig-zag or overlocked… this skirt was overlocked so I have my doubts, but I also learned that the stretchy needle I bought was going to be put to good use!

Because I had limited fabric, I removed the front pleat of the pattern.  Other from that, and using bias binding at the hem, I followed the pattern exactly.  I made a size 2 and there’s a lot of room.  The rayon has a bit of elasticity to it as well.  I just felt a bit of pressure when I was making it, that every puncture from the needle would start the unraveling.  So, I’ll wear/wash as gingerly as I can.

I wanted to interject here, that I’ve been away for a bit because I’ve moved countries!  I’m back in Germany after my short stint in the Netherlands.  Oh, Amsterdam, I will miss your fabric markets. :(

Sniffle sniffle.  Seriously, though, my seasonal allergies have really kicked into high-gear.

endless sniffles

All in all, easy peasy top.  And, I do recommend this as a summer project because it’s light, airy, and perfect for your next holiday or wherever you might be setting your next picnic!



Adriprints is an illustrator and designer by trade; a knitter, crocheter, and pseudo-seamstress by craft. You can find her work in typo-phile calendars, online knitting mags, and on random people's business cards, greeting cards, and websites. She currently lives in Munich.


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  1. I really like your Sorbetto without the pleat. Great reuse of the fabric!

  2. Love your sorbetto. Great pattern.

  3. Very cute! Do you have access to Fray-Check in Europe? A light application of that at the seems may also help avoid tearing.

    • Fray-check does exist here in the EU under the Prym label (instead of Dritz). I found it in Amsterdam at Jan de Grote Kleinvakman (Albert Cuyp for those in the area), but I thought fray check works if you use it before the fabric is frayed/ripped? In this case, the skirt which was store-bought came out of the wash like that… every one of its seams were overlocked so it was quite unexpected.

  4. Hi Adri, the top looks great, that’s some photo of the fabric raveling, never saw something like that before.

    • Thanks! I hadn’t seen anything like that before either. It was shocking when my friend handed it to me and said all it took was putting it in the wash (regular cycle).

  5. Cute little top! Great use of a pretty rayon print. Glad you could upcyle that skirt into something wearable.

  6. Such a pretty pattern and so glad the skirt could be saved into another garment. I hope you don’t miss Amsterdam too badly. You look lovely in the photos, you have such an addictive smile :)

    • Thank you! (blush) I do miss Amsterdam, but I also love Munich too. I’ll be visiting Amsterdam in a couple of weeks when my mom visits!

  7. Nice sorbetto, Adri. It’s probably time I try it too…you guys are waking me up to it’s versatility as a basic pattern.