Let’s face it, patterns aren’t always the cheapest thing to purchase. Often times, they’re more expensive than the material (especially in this case – read below to see how much this fabric cost!). So finding a sweet pattern like this for free is uh-mazing – shoutouts to Colette for this one!
Sorbetto by Colette Patterns:
This is version 2 of the new Sorbetto pattern. It’s longer than the original – lower in the back with side slits. I cut the smallest size, which was still a little big for me – I took in the shoulder seams by about an extra inch more than the original seam allowance. Because this was my first time making it, I didn’t play around too much with the sizing – I guess you could say this was my muslin, but the next time I make it I’ll probably tweak the fit a bit more. For me, I’d likely need to take it in by 2″ down the centre because the darts are too far apart. If you need help here, Colette has a sew along to help guide you along the way to get the size perfect. I can definitely see myself making this again, but I might add sleeves to it next time for variety.
The Side Slits:
Overall, the instructions were easy to follow except when it came to attaching the facing at the side slits – I found this to be a bit hard to understand, so I just did it my own way which worked out just fine.
This is just a sheer polyester that I got from the clearance bin…for $1.00/yard. Pretty good deal I tell yah! This is a print that I wouldn’t typically gravitate toward, but the price changed my mind :p ! So that, plus a few hours to make and a free pattern? My wallet really appreciates me.
Despite the fit being a little off, I’m going to give this pattern some love! I’m a sucker for loose and flowy pieces, so this was perfect for me. It’s perfect for a hot sunny day because of the light weight, sheer fabric. And of course, this is something that can be dressed up or down. It was a fun & quick project. If you’re a newbie to sewing, give this one a shot – being that there’s no zipper installation or anything like that and that it’s a FREE pattern, you can’t really go wrong!
I would love to hear your thoughts on this – Have you made this top? Think you’ll give it a shot? How would you wear it? See below for more photos & connect with me and leave a comment below!
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Photos by Dushan T.
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I love your top and I will definitely give Sorbetto a shot especially after seeing yours. I love flowy, straight tops as well and this pattern has all the extras I like as well…a faced hem, interest down centre front, longer back than front. I love Colette Patterns anyway but the fact they offered this pattern for free is just another example of how creative and generous they are. Beautiful job and just in time for the warm weather!
I love the fabric you used for the project. I made one recently from a yellowish green but i probably need to be a bit wild and use a print as it’s a simple pattern. All your makes are lovely!
Thank you! Yes! I did the same and I love the way it turned out. Give it a shot!
What a great version! I tried the Sorbetto too, but ran into a bit of trouble because the darts were so low on me it looked all wrong. I was able to simply unpick them and sew the top without darts, so it’s ok now but for a next make I need to raise them quite a bit. I too have some sale fabric to try this 🙂
Hi Chris! Thank you! My Sorbetto also initially had the darts too low, so I took in the shoulder seams by about an extra 1″.
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I tried this ‘new’ version of the Sorbetto with extended size range, and it was a total disaster on me. I am not hard to fit and am an experienced sewist. In the upper size range at least, the apices of the darts are too close together, the darts themselves too low yet the armholes too tight, and the neckline gapes. I am a perfect match in measurements for Colette’s size 22, and can easily buy simple tops in similar styles which fit much better than this horrid thing.
Hi Lizzie! I would definitely agree that the fit was a little off, even for me as a fairly experienced sewist too. I also don’t usually have fit problems. For me, the darts were too far apart and were pretty low too, which is why I took it in at the shoulder seams. I’m seeing a lot of comments about this issue around the web.
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