Gingham Sorbetto

The Sew Weekly Challenge
Peer Review – This week, we delve into The Sew Weekly archives and find inspiration from something sewn by a Sew Weekly gal during the past eight months.

The Facts

  • Fabric: Around 1 metre of blue-and-white gingham from my stash. No idea where it came from – it’s been hanging around for years, so I’m going to consider it to be “free”
  • Pattern: The famous Sorbetto top, free to download from Colette Patterns, and the sleeve to go with it, created by Mena and turned into an awesome pdf by Claire
  • Year: 2011
  • Notions: none!
  • Time to complete: Just under 1.5 hours
  • Total cost: free! Yay!!
  • Will I wear it? Yes, when the weather gets warmer

The Story
Ok, I admit it – I kinda took an easy out this week. I get so much inspiration from the super-fabulous Sew Weekly girls, I had so many ideas of what to do this week! I’d finally settled on the Parfait dress from Colette Patterns, and had plans to make it up like a pinafore similar to the one Debi made, I even made it so far as to have the pattern all cut out, but then life intervened and I realised I had less than three hours free time where I could sew this weekend. Clearly, the Parfait was going to have to wait for another time.

At which point, I decided it was time to jump on the Sorbetto bandwagon. The Sorbetto top has been popping up all over the place in the online sewing community, and a couple of the Sew Weekly girls have been making all sorts of pretty things with it – check out Sarah’s creations here and here, and Mena’s creations here and here, as well as Mena’s series of seven Sorbetto variations. And even better, the pattern is a free download (i.e. immediately accessible) and quick to make – perfect!

I must admit, if it hadn’t been for all the gorgeous Sorbetto creations popping up everywhere, I probably would never have gotten around to make this pattern – it’s not really my usual style. But there are so many pretty ones, I thought I’d give it a go, and I’m glad I did. 🙂

The Fabric Choice
Since the Sorbetto takes only around 1 metre of fabric, I went hunting through the small pieces in my stash to find something the right size and lightweight enough for the top. Much to my delight, I unearthed this blue-and-white gingham, of which I now have only scraps left over. Clearly, it was meant to be a Sorbetto with sleeves. 🙂

Making Notes
I made a couple of small variations when I made up the Sorbetto – firstly, I did a small bust adjustment and took out about half the width of the bust darts. And secondly, I added around 1.3 inches to the bottom of the top to make it a bit longer. I also omitted the bias tape around the neckline and simply overlocked the edge, turned it under and stitched it down.

Would I do anything differently next time?
Yes, actually I would. It seems this pattern is made for shorter girls (I’m 177cm tall, by the way) – even with the extra inch at the bottom, it’s still too short – next time, I’ll probably add around 3 inches extra length. It’s also a bit too tight under the arms, so next time I’ll cut the arm scythes a bit lower (conveniently, the sleeves are plenty big enough to cope with a large arm scythe). The darts are also in the wrong place, and sit about an inch too high – oops! So I’ll lower those by an inch next time (after all, darts are better beside the boobs rather than above them, right?!) and I’ll also shorten them by around 1.5cm too. (I haven’t seen the dart being an issue for anyone else, so maybe it’s just my height combined with a tiny bust that’s doing it. Oh well.)

The Verdict?
I like this top! The fabric is cute, and the gathers on the sleeves are cute as well. I won’t be wearing it with jeans though – it’s just too short on me, so I guess it’ll be either worn with a waist belt over a skirt, or tucked into a skirt that sits at the natural waist. I’m figuring it may work well with my Nautical Housewife skirt for spring/summer…..

I think I’ll give the Sorbetto pattern another go as well – it’s nice and easy to make up, and cute for summer. I’m going to hunt out some more small pieces of fabric from my stash, and try making it with the above mentioned alterations and see what happens…..

The Photos
This week, I’d like to introduce you to a small section of the back of my house. The wall is between us and the neighbours behind us, and I’m standing on the brick edging of a section of my vege garden – you can see the broad beans and spinach behind me. Oh, and our clothes line next to me, complete with Roxy our kitten who climbed up to say hi while we were taking the photos. 🙂

Roxy climbing up to say hi.

Can you spot Roxy? She’s sitting on top of the clothes line.

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12 responses to “Gingham Sorbetto

  1. Cute kitties! I like how you styled the top with the layering.

    • Thanks! It looks better with the layering than I expected – it was my ‘oh no I don’t want to change out of my jeans and the top’s too short!’ look. 😉

  2. Love the gingham sorbetto! Roxy is so cute…I love the kitten action shots 🙂 You’ll have to revisit the pinafore when you have more time…I’m a bit pressed for time this week too…so am doing a shorter sewing project 🙂 (Unless I get it into my crazy head to do something more complicated…and then totally overextend myself…hahahahaha)

    • I’m soooo going to revisit the Parfait some other time – you and Casey have done the most gorgeous jobs with using cord for them, I fully intend to copy you! 😉

  3. Nice sorbotto Kat, must give it a try, love the birdy pendant too, funny cat. I know all about too short tops (I am 175cms tall). Cheers!

    • Ah yes. Short tops, short sleeves, short legs – the downside of being tall! At least it’s a super-easy top to lengthen. 🙂

  4. I love your version! I must try to make one with sleeves at some point. I had to lengthen mine as well, because the first one hit me too short – but I definitely love this pattern and that it is free! Well done on yours – the gingham is fabulous 🙂

  5. I agree it looks the best in gingham. I much prefer it with the sleeves which are so pretty. Looks so fab on you 🙂

  6. Love your version! Thanks for your tips. I’m hoping to make one soon. 🙂

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