It is starting to be fall here and I been looking at my winter/fall clothes. Most of my clothes are still good, but I am suffering from a lack of colourful clothing. I didn’t realise this before so it made me change my sewing plans.
Initially, when I started looking at fabrics for sewing fall clothes, I found this excellent grey knit and was going to make a shirt out of it. It would have been a nice shirt. A bit boring and completely unremarkable. When I make my clothes, I do not want to make everyday things that I can easily buy. I decided to ditch the grey shirt and make something more colourful.
I had this fabric for a long time, and though I like it, I never use it. It never seems appropriate. The colour and the fringe bits, as well as the fact it was a woven, made it a hard fabric to use. It always seems to weird to use for clothing. I did anyhow; I need colourful, and this certainly was the best.
Once I had the fabric, I decided what to make with it. I do not need another dress, and it did not seem to appreciate for a skirt. So I though a shirt. I like more shirt more fitted but this was a woven, and I was having a hard time finding a pattern. Then I thought of the sorbetto tank top. Now this was not exactly what I was looking for, but I could eliminate the pleat and add sleeves and then it would be perfect. That exactly what I did.
The stripes are not at all straight so when cutting them out I did not bother to match them. I only picked a spot that I like and started there. For the sleeve, I had found a pattern online.
Assembling My Sorbetto Top
I had printed off my sorbetto tank top a pattern a long time ago and lost the instructions. Being too lazy to print it off again I just assembled how I thought it should go. (Writing that I am surprised at how well it went.) I sewed the shoulder seams and stay stitch the neckline. (I had made up the muslin when I printed off the pattern, and it had that so I did the same.)
Next, I inserted the sleeves; then I sewed one long side seam going up and closing off the sleeves. After that, I just bias bound the neckline following grainline tutorial. It’s not entirely flat, but I didn’t do the clipping and grading which probably cause that problem. Once I was done the neckline I just finished off the seams on the inside and hemmed it. I “hem” it by zigzagging around the bottom and making it fray a bit.
Something I would do differently, I would make it an inch or so longer. With the length, it at I wouldn’t be comfortable putting my hands over my head. Other than that I don’t have any complaints.
I like my crazy colourful sorbetto top. Have you ever made a sorbetto top or do you having any plans for doing so?