Sweet & Simple Sorbetto

Sorbetto - Front

It’s still nice & warm here in Melbourne, yesterday was 33 degrees celcius, so I thought I’d whip up a simple top that I could wear on super hot days or just throw over my bathers to go to the beach.

I decided to use Sorbetto from Colette Patterns as a basis for the top. Sorbetto is actually a free download from the Colette Patterns website. I couldn’t get over how quick & easy this pattern was to make. at 1pm I printed out the pattern, by 3:30pm I had a finished top! I changed the pattern slightly so that the top did up with a few bows at the back.

The fabric is one I bought about 4 years ago. I’d thought it to be a cotton but upon ironing it I found out the hard way that it was more synthetic than cotton, (luckily I was ironing it before cutting & sewing). I also used the fabric to make the bias binding required by the pattern.

I’m really happy with this top, it is extremely comfortable. It’s nice & loose, so in hot weather it’s light & breezy & doesn’t stick to you. You may wonder how I get the bows done up with the top on… Well, I don’t have to! There’s enough ease in the top so that you can just pull it on & off. The closures at the back are just decorative.

The alterations I made to the pattern were very simple. Instead of cutting the back pattern piece on the fold, I cut it away from the fold. I ended up with two back pieces, instead of one.

I finished the central edges of the back pieces with binding as per steps 1-9 of the ‘Exposed Bias Tape’ pattern instructions.

I made the ties from 2 inch strips of fabric. The strips were folded in half, sewn together with a 1/2inch seam allowance & then turned inside out. I sewed them in place at 14cm intervals.

That’s it! Super simple.

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