Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Dotty for Sorbetto


I downloaded this cute little free 'Sorbetto Top' pattern from Collette Patterns ages ago and then forgot all about it. Then I saw one somewhere in blogland and thought it would be a perfect top to make for summer. I bought some polka dot fabric on sale in Textile Traders. It's a light, flowing, woven fabric, just right for this pattern.

To add a bit of interest, I made bias binding from some scraps of blue gingham which was left over from trimming my scout blanket. This was used to finish the neckline and arm holes.


I cut out this top approximately 5cm longer than indicated in the pattern, but when I'd finished it I decided it was still too short. After wearing it once, I decided to add some length. I did this by unpicking the original hem and sewing on a folded band of fabric. Before adding this hem band I decided to open out the front fold. I kept the fold stitching in place from the neckline to the bustline and then left the remainder to drape open. This is quite a nice alternative to having the fold all the way down the front, which I would have kept if I hadn't lengthened the top.


This is a flattering top which is easy to make using the clear pattern instructions. It lends itself to many interpretations using different fabrics and by making little tweaks to the pattern. I'm sure I will be making more of these :)

7 comments:

  1. I love this even more than the original pattern. I may just have to dig out my also forgotten about copy!

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    1. I know, so many patterns, so little time! Thanks you for the comment :)

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  2. That is such a cute top; I love it in the polka dot.
    Thanks so much for your comment; and yes, I'm a stickler for spelling and grammatical errors too, I used to proofread theses as paid work when I was a student myself, and was in high demand if I say so myself :)
    I put in that postscript was because unfortunately I have picked up a troll who likes to put me in my place every once in a while...

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    1. Thanks Carolyn. It doesn't surprise me one bit that you were a proof reader. Your writing, like your sewing, is always perfect!

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  3. Ah polka dots, gotta love em! It's so funny I printed out the Sorbetto when it first came out and it's still sitting there uncut. Then I go and buy the Tiny Pocket Tank from Grainline which is probably fairly similar. I really do need to give this a go, seen so many lovely versions around, including yours now.

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    1. Yes, polka dots are always fun. Definitely give this a go, you can't pass up a free pattern! Thank you for the comment.

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  4. I love this top. It's so cute. I just might have to make one for summer wearing.

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