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Thrifted-Shirt-Made-Sorbetto Blouse

Added Aug 15, 2011

by petitejosette

Vancouver, Canada






I used a thrifted man’s shirt to make my first version of the Sorbetto top from Colette patterns, which will certainly not be the last as it is soooo easy to put together, and such a great base for many alterations!

I made a few adjustments:
I cut a size 0, but used the length of size 18. I managed to position the pieces so that I could keep the shirt’s bottom hem as it was.
I recut the armholes along the size 6 line as 0 was a bit tight and I also shortened the darts by about 1 inch (I probably could have used lower darts too).

I also decided to add a couple details: a Peter Pan collar, self-drafted and attached with the help of Gertie’s and Laurie’s tutorials, and a cute little pocket on the left chest. I basically used the pocket piece from the shirt, cut it to a ¼ of its original size and reproduced the edging at the top.

I used baby blue bias tape to finish the armholes and neckline, and sewed French seams for the sides and shoulders.
Overall I’m very happy with the result. I think it makes for a cute summer top and it was a great opportunity to learn new techniques.

I wore it for the first time on a trip to San Francisco, with my denim mini-skirt, a RTW navy jersey blazer and dark blue leggings. I quite like this look.

more photos and details on my blog

Material Notes

100% Cotton, made in Canada man’s shirt




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Romantic

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    Jun 19, 2012, 07.23 PMby rosewood513

    This is just beautiful. I love the collar effect. This is such a wonderful blouse it just begs to be made so many different way, I am starting on number four tonight but this time a nightie with some tufts at the top. You can make this many many times and non will look the same.

    Yours are so lovely, so are the ones I see that everyone has made.

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      Jun 22, 2012, 01.42 AMby petitejosette

      thank you that’s very sweet! This pattern is so versatile, it’s definitely a great base for a lot of projects…

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    Sep 18, 2011, 08.09 PMby DummyDressmaker

    Wow! This looks so good – I love that collar! Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Aug 15, 2011, 01.31 PMby charlotteauzou

    Really cool !

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    Aug 15, 2011, 10.46 AMby Dee Durrant

    I love this – and your whole outfit!

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    Aug 15, 2011, 02.21 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    Such a great job! I love the collar and how feminine it makes the whole thing look instantly

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