The on-line sewing community has been abuzz with rave reviews about the Sorbetto top by Colette Patterns. Well, I was a bit sceptical* about trying it out. Don’t get me wrong, I think it looks super cute on all the photos I’ve seen but it also looks to have fairly straight lines and I’m realizing more and more these days that I look better in clothes that have some waist definition. Despite the fact that I’m not done the Robot Quilt and that this is a total detour from my Summer Sewing List, last weekend my curiosity won and I made a Sorbetto muslin.
This is my “muslin” fabric. It makes me feel like I’m wearing a table cloth for a picnic.
I didn’t have any of the regular muslin fabric on hand and I was not willing to sacrifice “good fabric” so I used some madras plaid I had left over from my (absolutely disastrous) attempt at making the School House Tunic (I made the School House Tunic last March, in anticipation of spring. Despite my high hopes, the design made me look seven months pregnant, not to mention the fact that my fabric choice was less than stellar. But I’m going on a tangent here and this is a story for another time).
Back to the Sorbetto. The fabric was pretty fray prone so I used French seams for the first time ever. The result is a truly professional looking garment. The seams turned out perfectly encased and fray free – yippee!
Don’t they look super professional?
I had read on a few blogs that this top has some fitting issues so after finishing the seams I tried it on and discovered that of course, I had cut the wrong size – it was too big, especially around the arm holes. Instead of unstitching the seams I simply re-stitched them a quarter inch away from the original stitch line resulting in half an inch less width at each side. Now I know that next time I’ll have to go down a size. Other than this, the fit was actually quite good on me; no need to adjust the darts or the length. Maybe because the seams turned out so professional looking, or maybe because I was in a sewing mood, I actually went through the trouble of making bias tape and finishing my muslin properly, as if it was the real deal.
Despite my initial scepticism*, it turns out that I like this pattern way more than I thought I would and now understand what the hype is all about. If I look past the fabric choice (this is, after all, a muslin), I’m left with a well constructed garment with a surprisingly nice fit; it’s comfortable, has lots of ease yet remains flattering, it takes next to no time to make, and the pattern is absolutely free! Because it is so simple, there is no end to the alterations and embellishments one could add to it. It really is the perfect summer top for casual wear, although I suspect that it can also be dressed up quite nicely if one uses some fancy fabric.
If it weren’t for the fact that I don’t love this fabric, I would wear this little muslin in public
For more Sorbetto inspiration, check out the lovely strawberry polka dot fabric that Ginger used and be sure to visit Today’s Agenda where you’ll see that this top is addictive: Gail could not stop after the first one and so far has made a total of seven of these lovelies using the nicest prints. These are my favourites.
Now I better get back to that robot quilt before my nephew gets too old for it.
How do you like that goofy face and pose? Obviously I'm not a model!
*It may look funny to those of you in theU.S.but this is the Canadian/British spelling.