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my Sorbetto top #1

Added Sep 2, 2011

by memoryseed

Seattle, Washing...






I was working on a tunic top one year ago using a very slinky (like silk but it’s not silk) empire cut dress I bought from Zara a few years back that doesn’t fit me anymore. The material was a nightmare to manuever but it was the sleeves that killed that project, and the fit was horrendous.

Fast forward to August 2011, I decided to try out the famous Sorbetto pattern.

I changed the middle portion as you can see in the pictures. Also used self made bias binding for the hem (as well as the neckline and armholes). This was meant to be a “muslin” as I used my husband’s 2 old shirts (cotton checkered print for the back side and plain cotton sateen for the front and the binding). It turned out nice (and i made sure to practice seam finishings in the inside) and very casual that I ended up wearing it out to the farmers market the very same day :)

This pattern is very beginner friendly, and I am happy to report that I’ve taken the seam ripper to the ill fated tunic project mentioned above and turned it into another variation based on the Sorbetto. No picture of that one yet as i haven’t find the best way/material to finish the neck/armhole.

Material Notes

For this i used 2 old cotton shirts :)

I have tonnes of old clothes that I’ve set aside to use in my attempt to learn sewing (huge thrifted clothes, and own now-too-small clothes)… I also have a small fabric stash, but they are mostly quilting cotton…




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    Sep 18, 2011, 08.03 PMby DummyDressmaker

    Very nice! This would look great with a skirt. I love the color!

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      Oct 10, 2011, 07.32 PMby memoryseed

      Thanks so much! :)

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    Sep 9, 2011, 02.48 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    This looks so nice – the red colour is so pretty, and goes so well with the plaid. Quilting cotton is really very useful in garment making, actually :) plus it’s easy to handle!

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      Sep 9, 2011, 05.30 AMby memoryseed

      You are so right about quilting cotton! I bought some online last year, even has one white and grey/silver cotton that i think will work well to be turned into a dress like your skull dress! esp since i have some shrunken grey wool pants too :D

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    Sep 2, 2011, 02.08 PMby dottty

    thats great, i have this pattern and must get to making it soon jj:)x

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      Sep 9, 2011, 05.32 AMby memoryseed

      thank you! look forward to check your version. it’s so tempting to make more than one Sorbetto! i wonder if we still call it a Sorbetto if it doesnt look like the original Sorbetto anymore though.. hmm :)

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