Thursday, August 1, 2013

Things I've Sewn Lately: Colette Sorbetto (and bonus Ginger)

When I got my new iron, the first thing I wanted to do was make bias tape. 

And if you give a mouse a cookie sewist some bias tape, she'll probably want to use it right away. 

And what better for using bias tape than Colette's free Sorbetto pattern?

I bought the fabric for this top off of Etsy a few months ago for $5. There was only one yard, and I think it might reclaimed pillowcase? But I can't resist fabric with hearts on it. I made the bias tape from a white bedsheet. So all in all a very thrifty make. 

I'm also wearing my beloved (and sadly unblogged) denim Ginger skirt, made from denim I bought at Mood. It's a bit wrinkly because I wore it both days this past weekend and these pictures were taken on day two. Oops. Did I mention I love it? I'm headed back to Mood in a couple weeks and you can bet I'm going to buy denim for a second skirt. I wear this one constantly.

Anyway, Sorbetto is a super easy make. I cut mine in three different sizes (2 at bust to a 6 at waist to an 8 at hip) and added three inches. 

I also folded stitched the bias tape on the sleeve holes under. I liked the look of contrast white at the neckline, but it looked funny to me on the sleeves as well. 

You can see a little closer here. I made a little pucker on side of the neckline, but it's not very noticeable, so I'm fine with it. (No, I'm not sure what I'm doing in this picture.)

 (That's better.)

Since I had so little fabric to work with and I wanted to add length, I couldn't cut the back on the fold, so I did a seam down the center.

I used French seams throughout the garment because the fabric was fraying pretty badly after cutting, so I figured enclosed seams would be best.

Here's another shot of the Ginger. I want to make 1000 of these, it's my favorite skirt I think I've ever owned. God, I love Colette patterns. 

I'm finishing up some light blue Sewaholic Thurlow shorts right now and I think I'll make a white Sorbetto to go with them. It's a nice easy pattern and very easy to customize -- not to mention easy to wear. I highly recommend it!


  1. This is such a cute combo! I love your little heart sorbetto :) And I so wish I could pop to Mood when I felt like it. When I make it to NY (whenever that is...) I'm bring empty suitcases so I can stock up!

    1. Thanks so much for the comment! Mood is about a four/five-hour drive from me, but it's so so worth it. The Garment District as a whole is amazing -- you'll need those empty suitcases when you get there. ;-)