Summer Sewing: Sorbetto Tops

I was feeling kind of blah about my selection of summer tops, so I decided to go shopping. Let me preface this by telling you I am not much of a shopper. I go when I have to, and occasionally when I’m in the mood, but it’s never really “fun” for me. However, I was optimistic I’d be able to check out a store or two, and get a couple of cute new summer tops. Maybe you can guess where this is going… I was sorely disappointed. There were only a few shirts I even halfway liked, and of those, only one fit well enough for me to buy it. Bah. So much for getting new summer shirts the easy way.

Sorbetto top

Time to sew my own! I have a couple dolman-sleeve tops from last summer, but I didn’t really feel like making more of those, so after a bit of internet-browsing, I came across the (free) Sorbetto Top pattern.

Sorbetto top

I had picked up a random bit of polyester something or other a few weeks ago, which became my test version.

Sorbetto top

After fitting the bodice, I tried out adding sleeves (against my better judgement). It worked okay, but this pattern isn’t designed for sleeves – the cut is of a tank top, not a sleeved shirt, so it’s a bit awkward. Fortunately, the fabric choice pretty much conceals the seams and so it looks fine.

Sorbetto top

For my “real” Sorbetto, I used Amy Butler’s Cameo voile that I had been hoarding for a year or so. This fabric is so soft; I love it.

Sorbetto top

I did make a couple of modifications to the pattern – I lengthened the bottom hem, lengthened the shoulders by a bit (about .25″), and shortened the darts. Overall, this is a really cute pattern and quick to make once you have the pattern assembled. I wasn’t sure if I would like the bias tape edging, but I’m really happy with how it turned out!

Sorbetto top

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