SEWING PROJECT: Sorbetto top

by - September 29, 2014

Sometime within the second quarter of the year, I jumped on another sewing project with the goal of adding a piece of clothing to my everyday office wear. I had been searching the net for free basic top patterns that I could use so I did not have to draft my own patterns anymore; I never get my drafting perfect anyway.

I found this amazing free Sorbetto pattern from Colette Patterns. It is a basic sleeveless top with bias binding and a box pleat at the center, which I can transform into a lot of variations. It is available in sizes 0 – 18. Size 0, great! I found it a bit difficult searching for patterns with a size 0, so this one was really convenient.

I had two projects that were based on this pattern. For the first one, I used a green cotton fabric and religiously followed the pattern. 

I used an orange cotton fabric for the second project and tweaked it a little bit. I increased the bodice length since I found that my first project was a bit shorter than my preferred length. I also did not sew the bottom part of the box pleat so that the piece would flow at the end.

The website also offers free instructions on creating your own bias tape and collars. I learned a new skill again. I need not buy anymore those satin bias tapes from Carolinas; I never was a fan of satin and silk anyway.

I also learned how to topstitch for the bias binding. At first, I was so scared; I could not do it right, so I ended up hand stitching the bias tape on the neckline of my first project. But I put on some courage for the second project and I was able to topstitch with my sewing machine the bias tape with ease. Putting a marker tape aligned with the presser foot really helped me out (I used a Mickey Mouse tape, heehee). I learned this trick from one of the tutorials I found online. Also, I was not really sure of my skills yet, so doing it slow had always been my best practice.

Now I have two tops that I have already used in the office. Teehee. Next sewing project is also based on the Sorbetto pattern, incorporating a Peter Pan collar, but I still haven’t finished it until now! Focusing more on my current craft projects, but I’ll definitely finish it!

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