Friday, May 2, 2014

Two Super Quick Sorbetto Tops

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Sorbetto Top #1
Sorbetto Top #1
Yesterday I said I started on a Sorbetto, a free top pattern from Colette Patterns. Can you say "quick and easy?"

These were tremendously fast to put together. The longest was in pinning the bias tape. I made both in less than 3 1/2 hours.

The first was from fabric that I bought earlier this week. I found it on the Red Tag table at my local Joann's. It was marked down to $5 a yard and was 1/2 off. So, for $2.50 a yard, I was okay with a potential wadder. A wadder is a project that is so frustrating or hideous that one wads it up and tries to forget it ever existed. 


Sorbetto Top- Back View
Sorbetto Top #1
Back View
The plus was that when I asked for 1 yard, there was an additional 3/4 left that I could get for an additional 1/2 off. I took it. So, this top is $3.75, oh, but there is another 10% with my VIP card. Unfortunately, this is close enough to our sales tax that I just don't count it. I was hoping that I might even get a skirt. 

This is a quilting cotton. So, I definitely washed it in hot water and then dried it on hot. I really wanted any shrinking to happen before I sewed. 


Sorbetto Side
Sorbetto Top #1
Side View
In reading about others experience, I did a quick paper fitting. I ended up moving the dart down about and inch. Then I quickly cut the fabric. Because I had folded the right sides together, I immediate sewed the front pleat, followed by the darts. Then, I pressed the darts and the front pleat. 

Sewing the rest was easy. Just sew the shoulders, and side seams. I also stay stitched the neckline and the armholes. Then I had to try it on. 

I loved the way it fit!

This encouraged me to cut 1 inch strips to make the bias. The pattern instructions say to have the bias facing exposed. I decided to actually follow directions--I must have been in a weakened state to follow directions! 


Sorbetto Top #2
I love this top!!!
Once I finished the first, I ran to the dryer and grabbed the second. This is a blue, green, purple, black, magenta abstract embroidered crinkle cotton from the remnant bin. There was supposed to be 7/8 of a yard, but it was cut very crooked. I don't know if the crooked was to my advantage or not. I was able to match the pattern--yes, there is a pattern. There wasn't much left for a bias tape, so I am saving the extra for.... Needless to say, if I find this fabric, I am buying more, much more. I want some to hoard.

This went together even quicker--except for sewing the pleat with wrong side together that had to be ripped out. Once back on track, I decided to see if I had any matching single fold bias tape to finish it up.

My dad's mother, Grandma Vi, had a huge sewing room and stash. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to pack the whole room and take it. She passed away in over ten years ago and I am still using the odds and ends that I did manage to get. 

This bias tape, still in it's wrapper was a huge find:



How cool is this? 10 cents!
Did they say they would reimburse for
labor and all materials if it is faulty?



A company willing to send suppies?
Using the pre-made bias tape went much faster. I saved a few minutes, but probably lost it in reading the package it came in.


10 comments:

  1. Oh the good ole days.......I love that they sent spare trimmings for doll clothes. LOVE IT! Your Sorbettos completely inspired me. I just finished a really cute Kelly skirt yesterday but have no tops to go with it. I really ransacked my closet looking for something too. LOL. I think this pattern may be perfect. Thanks!

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    1. Don't you wish they did that now? Maybe we could get kids to want to sew if they could get something FREE. I was also ransacking my closets and drawers and piles looking for combinations. Needless to say I am now sewing lots of simple stuff quickly. Some of my me-mades are wrong season, too big, or just not for everyday. This is a perfect 1 yard project.

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    2. Ha, ha! I wish they would still reimburse for labor; I've never heard of that. I love both tops, esp the crinkle cotton one. I'm definitely buying that fabric when I find it.

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    3. Remember that back before the day, women's labor didn't count for much monetarily.

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  2. I haven't made the sorbetto yet, but it always looks so nice - and you have made yours in such a pretty fabric.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah Liz. I like both fabrics equally, but for different reasons.

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  3. Your sorbettos are gorgeous! They are perfect for summer. This is another one on my list. I am glad to know it comes together easily. I saw a friend who bought a top much like the styling of the sorbetto, but no pleat, and it had an accent of lace near the armholes. It was bee-U-tiful!!!

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    1. Vanessa, I think it took longer to print, tape and cut out the pattern than the sewing. The bias tape did take a little extra, but not much. As I was sewing, I was coming up with so many options. Taking the pleat out is would be very easy. I'm imagining a little embroidery on the pleat....

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  4. I love vintage packaging and ads! Very cute sorbetto!

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    1. Thanks, Shawnta. The sorbetto is very easy and pretty classic. The packaging was very interesting. 10 cents for the bias tape!

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