... sorbettos ... not of the edible kind, though. In fact, there hasn't been any sorbetto or gelato for me yet this summer (don't forget, I'm a southern European woman, and will not declare gelato season until the temperature is well above 26C). Still, when refreshment doesn't come in the summer-gelato form, it can come in the summer-clothing form, and when sorbetto season is finally here, I'll be properly dressed for it. So, let me introduce the latest handmade pieces of my summer wardrobe:
Three sorbetto tank-tops. If you have a sewing machine, and a tendency to "collect" pretty fabrics (anyone else with the same packrat tendency out there?), Sorbetto is the perfect tank top to sew: it's a free digital pattern by Colette Patterns, and very easy to make.
Don't be discouraged by the bust darts - I used to fear them, but have discovered that not only are they quite uncomplicated to sew (though a little fiddly to trace), but they're also an important feature, as they add necessary shape to a top, and help it to fit nicely.
I made three sorbetto tops because I had hoarded collected three pieces of fabric that I wanted to use. Each time I modified the pattern a little, to suit my tastes.
- Instead of the large center pleat, I made neckline gatherings.
- I made size 0 (I'm really not a size 0, but previous experience with American sewing patterns - such as the Clara dress and the Esme top - taught me that it is a good idea to go one size down), but had to make the armholes deeper because they were uncomfortably snug (and I totally have whimpy arms).
- I made my sorbetto tops a couple of inches longer, so they would fit to my hips and not to my midriff.
(A fourth sorbetto is in progress ... it will be ready by the time the weather shapes up!)