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Sorbetto (twice)

This top is so easy to make that I made a second one right away. This is a lovely pattern that can be easily worn on its own as a summer top, but will suit me well as a top to go under a jacket as well. Both versions are in silk, the navy is a silk I bought in Brussels during the PR weekend in April, the black has less drape and was in my fabric collection since a year or two.
The differences between the two: on the black one I omitted the center pleat and I made it with facings on the neckline/armholes. You can see perhaps that the shoulders are less wide and the neckline a little deepter than the blue version. That’s because the seam allowances are turned, which is not the case with the bias tape finishing. I like the lines of the black version better, even though the difference is not very large.
Because of my long torso I cut 3 cm extra on the hem just to be sure.

For the black one I traced the facings as shown in the next picture.
UPDATE: this is the back. If you do this don't include the pleat in the front!
Construction is a bit different then, this is how I did it:
- sew the side seams of the top
- sew the side seams of the facings
- with right sides together, sew armhole and necklines, but STOP THE STITCHLINE 1.5 cm (5/8”) BEFORE THE END of the shoulder seam
- sew the shoulders right sides together, folding the facing away
- stitch the shoulders of the facing by hand (or stitch in the line of the shoulderseams of the top), folding one end over the other on the inside)

This pattern defnitely is a keeper, I’m sure there will be more Sorbetto tops in my future. A big thanks to Colette patterns for making this available!

The pattern for the Sorbetto you can find here: and on the blog SewWeekly a pattern for a short sleeve is published. Also in a “7 day of Sorbetto challenge” you’ll find a lot of inspiration for variations on this pattern.


  1. These turned out beautifully!

  2. I made up 3 versions of this top right away - you're right, it's so easy & versatile! Both of yours look fantastic - thank you for the pic on how you faced the black one; I think I'll try that myself :)

  3. This pattern really fits you well and the tops look so cool, and professional. Glad it was a win for you! There seems to be mixed results with this pattern in blogland.

  4. Totally beautiful and adorable! Sorbetto is impossible to resist it ..

  5. Yes I printed off my Sorbetto pattern yesterday - yours look lovely!

  6. Both turned out so nice and will be so versatile!

  7. That is such a great basic pattern, that any number of things can be done with it. Shape it with darts, surface embellishment, etc. Yours versions are very nice.

  8. Looks great! Such a great wardrobe building top.

  9. Love those tops, especially the black one.

  10. Great tops! I think the black one is quite chic with the clean lines on the neck and the arms.
    And thanks for the instruction of making this particular facing. That's very helpful.

  11. Very nice! They will go perfect with jackets.

  12. Beautiful tops. The fit is great and they will surely get worn a lot.

  13. Just perfect! The black shell looks like a classic.

  14. Both versions are nice but I really like the black one for the reasons you listed.

  15. Those look great on you! Thank you for the facing tip--that is one facing that cannot flop around!

  16. Your tops are great! I just used your dart transfer method on this pattern and then moved dart down by 1" based on other reviewers. The muslin looks great in swedish tracing paper - on to cutting from my real fabric! Thanks for the fitting details that worked so perfectly!


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