Just One Sorbetto?

Remember this Liberty fabric I bought at the recent Knitting and Stitching Exhibition?


Well, I didn’t really have any plans for it when I bought it but a friend of mine was looking for a pattern to make a simple top with some silky fabric she has and I remembered the Sorbetto top by Colette patterns which I had downloaded but never made up.  So, I thought it would also suit the tana lawn quite well.

Here’s me getting ready with the remote.  I am also testing out my daylight lamp as a photography aid.  My house is not very good for letting in natural light as it is very old and designed for keeping the heat out.  However,  I need to photograph some little people’s clothes for my shop and I am not satisfied with my results so far so I am experimenting.

Sorbetto Top

The Sorbetto pattern is a free download which you can find here.  It is actually for a sleeveless top but I found a pattern hack here and added some little sleeves.

Colette Sorbetto in Liberty Tana Lawn

I seem to be looking unbearably smug in this photograph but that might be because I made my own bias binding to go around the neck and I also used it for the sleeves. Get me!

Biais Binding

 So chuffed was I with it, I had to actually photograph it on its own.  I take my pleasures where I find them these days!


The gadget you need is this Clover bias binding maker which didn’t come with any instructions.  I followed this video tutorial by The Little Tailoress where you have the added bonus of somebody looking adorable in a pink floral Liberty dress but you can’t hate her for it as she seems so nice.

Liberty Matilda Tulip Sorbetto

This little top is very simple to make.  I have seen claims of making it in 45 minutes from beginning to end.  Hmmm.  Maybe if you don’t add sleeves or make your own bias binding.  Maybe if your bobbin doesn’t run out and the postman doesn’t knock on the door.  Maybe if you don’t have to stop for a wee and a cup of tea halfway through.  Or is that just me?  Anyway, it is quick and you could probably squeeze one out of a metre of fabric if you mess with the layout and it is a very handy top for summer.  I will definitely be making more.



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  1. #1 by Jan Marriott on March 29, 2014 - 15:34

    didn’t I say that fabric was lovely……the simple blouse, with a we bit of detail, shows it off well.

    • #2 by tialys on March 30, 2014 - 09:19

      You did Jan – and I listened 🙂

  2. #3 by Jenn on March 29, 2014 - 19:23

    That is a lovely top for spring.

    • #4 by tialys on March 30, 2014 - 09:20

      Thanks Jenn – I like the fact you can just pull it on and go as there are no fastenings.

  3. #5 by Wendz on March 29, 2014 - 19:51

    I love your top! And the fabric is perfect for it.

    Well done on the bias binding….I have that gadget too and tried it once..what a disaster! But a triumph for you. 🙂

    • #6 by tialys on March 30, 2014 - 09:22

      Thanks Wendz – you should give it another try. The worse bit is inserting the strip of fabric into it in the first place but, after that, it should be plain sailing plus you can give yourself a steam facial at the same time when you’re leaning over the iron.

  4. #7 by katechiconi on March 29, 2014 - 23:39

    Ooooh, get you. Liberty tana lawn, gorgeous colour, quick make, looks gorgeous, made your own bias binding, added your own sleeves…. you’re on FIRE, woman! I think you deserve to look a little smug.

  5. #8 by katechiconi on March 30, 2014 - 00:19

    PS: I’d love to make one of your etuis – do you have a pattern I can buy?

  6. #9 by tialys on March 30, 2014 - 09:24

    I do sell the patterns in my shop Kate but I will do a little trade exchange for one of your LIberty hankies you were talking about making. I’ll send it to your gmail address shall I? One more thing to add to your ‘to do’ list.

  7. #10 by lovelucie1 on March 31, 2014 - 13:41

    Love the top. I’ve looked at this pattern before and always thought it would make me look a bit ‘boxy’. I have to wear things a bit more tailored. But you’ve definitely got a waist in that top so I take it all back and will go and have another look. Really suits you. And so nice to see your face!!

  8. #11 by tialys on March 31, 2014 - 15:39

    Even if it’s my smug face?! The top is more shaped than you would think and you could add a few inches to the bottom if you don’t want it quite so ‘cropped’. I was going to do that but thought I’d see how the first one turned out and make changes for the next one.

  9. #12 by Calico Stretch on April 2, 2014 - 01:59

    Lovely in liberty and I too take great pride in small things, like bias tape lol. I’ve made acres of the stuff cos it was satisfying to make and now have to think up ways to use it lol!

    • #13 by tialys on April 2, 2014 - 07:48

      Yes, I’m finding myself wondering where else I can use it. If I don’t make some more soon I will put the tool away ‘somewhere I will know where to find it’ and it will be lost forever. Stalked you over on your blog btw and was impressed with your last pair of linen trousers. Trousers are next on my ‘challenge yourself’ list, after a shirt but before a coat!

      • #14 by Calico Stretch on April 2, 2014 - 09:01

        Thanks! Go for trou – they’re necessary in winter anyway :-). Oh my a coat. That’s on my list but am still scared so its low down. The shirt thing though I am getting ready for soon …. I love a good button shirt. I shall check you out and see what happens.

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