I have had my eye on the Sorbetto pattern for a while. Recently I’ve been on a dress sewing spree for me, but I need more tops in my closet. So the Sorbetto was a safe, inexpensive (it’s free) top to try. Over the summer I snuck away to the thrift store by myself to quietly peruse what was there. I came across this polka dotted skirt that was only 50 cents. The skirt was neither my size nor my style, but I LOVED the fabric. So home it came with me and then just hung in my closet.
I grabbed it out earlier this week and thought a Sorbetto would be a perfect pairing with it. I made a few modifications to the pattern, though. First was to eliminate the center pleat. Instead of cutting the pattern out on the center fold line, I lined the pleat line up with the center of my button placket and used that as my center line. Since I eliminated the front pleat, I sized up to the next size based on my measurements. I cut out a size 4 on top and graded out to an 8 for my hips. I did end up taking it in just a bit at the bottom so the top was a bit more straight and didn’t flare out as much. I also curved the hem and brought it up about 2 inches on either side. I lowered the neckline by 1 inch and widened the scoop neck opening by 1 cm on each side of the shoulders. And the binding was sewed on, much like Jen does in her flat bias tutorial.
Originally, I had hoped to squeeze enough fabric out of this skirt to make a shirt with sleeves. There are times that I think my arms look beefy, but a tank top is all I had material for, and when it cools off I will throw a cardigan over it! So, have you sewn the Sorbetto before? I would definitely recommend it! Now I need to dig through the stash and see if I have some fabric to try this top with sleeves!