Along with the entire sewing world, I’ve been very tempted by the Colette Patterns new, free download, the Sorbetto. And who wouldn’t be tempted? All the irresistible elements were there: free pattern, only two pattern pieces, easy peasy and quick to make. It was Karen’s assurance that she barely used half a yard of fabric that finally lured me in. I promptly e-mailed Karen for sizing advice and she wisely suggested adding an extra inch to the two inches she’s already lengthened her version by. Good advice - in its original state, the Sorbetto is virtually a crop top.
I originally bought this Ikea fabric with the intention of making a skirt, but it was soon usurped by a whole load of other skirt contenders and I forgot about it. I rediscovered it again recently and it was the perfect fabric for a muslin/first attempt – very light and summery.
The fit was fine, although still a bit boxy for me so I took in the side seams a little. I also followed Karen’s advice to use French seams which means no raw edges are on display (the neck and armholes are bias bound). Once cut out, the entire thing took barely an hour to sew – definitely my kind of top.I tried wearing it with all different kinds of bottom halves, tucked in, untucked, belted etc and this was the combination I liked the best.
For me, it’s definitely a holiday top as it’s a bit too vest-like for everyday wear. But hey, give me a linen vest with front pleat and bias edges over a shop bought vest any day of the week. It’s tempting to make another one for my holiday because it’s so quick to make and uses so little fabric, but I think a sleeveless version of the Pendrell is probably more me. I’m going to make another Pendrell and see which looks the best… a sleeveless top version of the Pepsi challenge if you will.
So, have you made a Sorbetto yet? Do tell, as I love seeing all the endlessly inventive ways of bringing this great little pattern to life. x