Sorbetto

Gauze Guys

If you follow my Instagram (@jamie_l_mac), you’ve seen I’ve mentioned a place called Fabscrap (@fab_scrap). It boils down to them recycling leftover fabrics from different companies in New York. You can checkout out their mission statement and shop their fabrics on their website.

I purchased a “cool yard pack” about a month ago. I chose to start with a pale blue gauze I received first. I thought this was going to be the fabric I would have forever and not know what to make with it. I did some research on Pinterest, like ya do. I found a loose peplum top.

I pulled out an old favorite of mine, Sorbetto from Colette (btw I still use the original version of this. Not the new fancy one). I omitted the bust darts and cut the top only down to my waist. I also cut a straight line down from the underarm to keep the top loose.

The peplum is made from a rectangle of fabric that is sewn together in the back. I serged the top and peplum together and top stitched the seam allowance up. The hem is turned up twice for a clean edge.

I made baby blue bias tape to put around the neck and arms. I was worried about being able to see it too easily and end up an eyesore. It actually blended in really well.

I think I was overdue for a relaxed summer top. This really fit the bill. Since the fabric is so light I do need to wear a tank underneath. I’m sure there’s people out there cool with just a bra but the world does not need to see that!


To leave you on a happy note, my best “blue steel”, stylized of course.

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Sorbetto Explosion!

This will be a long post. It contains five Colette Sorbettos. YES FIVE! I’m a mad woman. Someone cue the music and the cackling shall commence.

Let’s start with the first of many. I’ve been wanting to make a Sorbetto dress for a while. I bought a rayon fabric (surprising right?) from SAS Fabrics. I thought about this dress a lot. A simple tank dress would be too simple. I wanted pockets but not in-seam pockets. I love the pockets on the Farrow dress. Diagonal and big! I decided I was going to make diagonal single welt pockets. Have I ever made single welt pockets? Nope! I’m feeling fearless people!


The pattern is for a top so lots of extending had to happen and widening. Excessive widening to accommodate the tush! I looked up several tutorials on single welts but I could not even say what one I used because I kind of winged it in the end. No pattern pieces or anything! Reckless I tell you! After I was finished with them, they looked glorious but sad.


Since rayon is so light weight they drooped. To make it work, I added little tabs and buttons. That added more weight that makes for even more sag but I was ready. I added snaps! Sag no more little pockets.
Left over fabric from my disastrous Pocket Skirt was used as bias tape and a small band on the bottom. The band was only added because the dress still felt boring I think it looks like a muumuu. It’s super comfy and I can fill the pockets with all kinds of stuff! I forgive the dress’s weirdness because of its usefulness. Is that a strange reason?

The next four were super fast. My bestie’s bday was coming up and I wanted to make her a shirt from one of my fav patterns. The stars aligned and the Sorbetto was chosen. I picked up some fabric at Jo-Ann’s. Wonder Woman, Batgirl and Supergirl fabric was a perfect find. Then Hubby spotted an excellent fabric… it was pink and covered in llamas! I bought both fabrics. One for me and one for her. Totally not the plan but I couldn’t help myself. Llamas! I freaking love llamas!
I did my typical changes to the pattern. Extend the length, curved the hem, remove the pleat and flare out the sides 1″ at the bottom creating an a-line style. By the way, this is the old Sorbetto pattern.  I’m not a fan of the new one.


The bestie has the same chest measurements so it made this so easy. Girl Super Power!
I did finish the edges a bit different than I have before. I used a strip of fabric around the neckline and topstitched. The arms and hem were folded over once and stitched. I even broke out the walking foot on Katherine. It was my first time using it! It’s so awesome! It kept the knits from stretching as I sewed.

Now you’re asking yourself where’s 4 & 5 because you can clearly count and we’ve only gotten to 3. We started out lengthening the Sorbetto so why not end this post by shortening it?


I had just enough fabric to squeeze out two crop tops. One in llamas for bestie and one in super fabric for me. But Jamie you say, you hate anything cropped. I know! But…I can wear it as workout wear or around the house or as sleepy wear. This I find acceptable.

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To figure out the proper length, I cut them as long as I could with the little fabric I had.  Then I popped them on and cut to the length needed.

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The interesting bit about these is that they are so not wide enough.  Luckily the fabric stretches and the tops ended up looking like a razor back. Great for workout wear!

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I did finish the arms and neck the same way on these. With the extra fabric and a bit of top stitching.  I did add a bit of elastic on the bottom of the llamas because it didn’t have the same snap that the super heroes fabric did.  It was flaring out weird making it so not cute.

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That’s all of them guys! 5 Sorbettos in just a few weeks. I’m not sure how many Sorbettos this brings me up to but it’s a lot.  I can’t help myself. When I can’t figure out what to do with a bit of fabric my first thought is Sorbetto.  Do you have any patterns that you obsess over?

Paisley Park

Will there ever be a time that I get tired of making Colette Sorbettos? Will there be a time that you get tired of seeing me make Sorbettos? Let’s hope that’s a no on both accounts because I love me some Sorbettos!!!


I’m still stash busting with a ton of success. I had a bit of this teal, paisley ITY jersey knit fabric. I turned it this way and that until I could figure out how to squeeze out a shirt. I had to cut the back in two pieces. I was still able to add a bit of length and create a curved hem. My two absolute musts with this pattern.


So what’s different about this version compared to all my others? The way I finished off the edges! Last year I cut up a t-shirt and made it into a tank top. I finished the edges by checking out my favorite RTW tank top. I decided to do the same finishing on this shirt. It gives a nicer edge than just folding over the edge and top stitching.


When I was cutting my pieces out, I made sure to add around 5/8″ to the neck, hem and armscye. Take the 1″ edge of the shirt. Fold that edge in half.


Fold that in half towards the front.


Stitch the edge. I did two separate rows on this shirt. On my first shirt, I used my twin needle. I think that looks better than what I ended up with on this shirt. It’s a little wonky in some areas. The fabric slipped around on me a bit.  I did pick red thread for top stitching. There’s a smidge of red on the fabric so I thought it would be a nice highlight. It’s really not noticeable. I probably should have doubled up on the thread for it to show more.

Smug Face!

Another Sorbetto completed! That makes 9? I think? I’m not even sure anymore! There’s no end in sight. I think I should try for a dress next. It keeps popping up in my head so it just means it has to happen. By the way, Colette is having a giveaway. You need to make a Sorbetto, tag it on Instagram (#colettesorbetto) and hope that you’re picked! The game is over at noon PST on Thursday, April 13. It’s a quick sew and the pattern is free!

Same but Different

I don’t know if you’ve heard but Colette has come out with a new and improved Sorbetto pattern. Say what!?! I love Sorbettos. I’ve made 7 of them now. Check them out… one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven. The team listened to everyone’s issues with the pattern and out popped the new Sorbetto.  There’s three versions of the pattern; the classic tank style, tunic, and short sleeved version.  Since I’ve made so many of the tank top style I knew I would pick either the tunic or short sleeve.  I ultimately went with the sleeved version.  It’s cute enough for work and casual enough for a day off.

Here’s a quick look at the old pattern with *new* version 3 of the pattern. The top paper is the size 8.  I always make a size 8 in this pattern and grade out by about 1″ at the bottom to accommodate my bottom. The larger pattern is the new version.  You can see it’s longer.  I’m not sure if this is only for the sleeved version or the tank top too.  It’s also wider.  This is a size 6 graded to a size 8 at the bottom.  In other words, check your finished garment sizes before cutting! The neckline is pulled in tighter, which I’m happy about because I always thought it was way too wide.  The bust dart is lower.  I didn’t realize until after I cut the pattern and sewed in the bust darts and tried it on.  It ended up being about 1″-1 1/2″ too low.  I never thought my lady parts to be high on the landscape known as my chest but I guess they are? I do know this has been a complaint by a lot of people that have made this pattern in the past but it always suited me. The shoulder, of course, is wider on this one because I’m doing the one with sleeves. I would assume if you were doing the classic version it would be about the same as the original.

Recently, Rachel from Sew RED-y did flat felled seams on her Grainville shirt and because I’m a big copy cat of her, I decided to give it a go on this.  You can see on the pic above the left is the outside seams and the right is the inside. Not too shabby for my first go.  I followed the instructions from Colette for the process.

Here’s a good shot of my flat felled seam and my bias tape.  Self-made of course!  I’m really getting the hang of it! There was a few spots that it felt really thick and I had to slow down to push through all the layers of seam and bias tape.

Kind of looks like hospital scrubs doesn’t it?  I think it’s the fabric.  It was a cotton that I had in my stash.  Still trying to shop my stash for any projects I’m working on.  Look at that length!  Faboo!

You can see it’s still pretty roomy for being a size 6-8.  Since it’s cotton it doesn’t give and I would worry if I went down another size I wouldn’t be able to get it on!

My bust darts are not pressed as well as they could be.  Sorry!  You can deal with that right?  They sit right on my bust.  I had to redo them 3 times to get them right.  I gave up on the markings on the new one and got out the original pattern because I knew they would hit me right.

I did realize after I finished there will be no celebrations in this shirt.  I can’t lift my arms all the way up!  I can move them forward and back but not up very well.  I guess it would be better in a knit and then you could have the stretch to move but I’m not really sure what’s up with that.  Ideas?

This is it… This is the new Sorbetto.  How do I feel about it?  I don’t really like it.  I prefer the original.  Granted I modified the hell out of it, but it worked.  I love it!  I do like the tighter neckline of this one but the super low bust dart really pissed me off.  I think I’ll continue using the original or maybe a mix of the two for the tighter neck line and length.  Who knows?  For now, I can say the teal color is super happy and it’s a easy shirt to knock out in an evening, as long as you don’t have to rip the bust darts out multiple times.

Gallifrey Sleeps

I came across some amazing Doctor Who fabric last year. It was stretchy and softly lined and like a doofus I passed on it. Totally not looking for new fabric at the moment and wanting to finish something I was working on so new projects be damned. I later regretted it. (Obviously!) I was determined to find it again and make it mine. While waiting in line to have other fabric cut at Jo-Ann’s and I saw someone with Zelda fabric. It struck me, “oh yeah, Doctor Who fabric!” (Not sure how you make a line from Zelda to Doctor Who but in my head it happens) I trotted over and there it was. I bought all they had! I wanted to make mix and match pajamas. The fabric is spandex that’s fleece lined. So soft against the skin. Does anyone remember the old 80’s kid pajamas that had the wide rib knit at the cuffs? That’s what I’m shooting for.


The best thing for me to start out with was the long bottoms. They’ll take the highest amount of my fabric. I used the pattern I made for my workout capris. I needed to add a bit of length because they’re pajama pants not pajama *almost* pants. Plus I’m a big kid now, no more high waters!


I only needed to add a couple inches to the legs because I’m using a rib knit at the bottom.  So perfectly paired together.


I also added 3″ to the top of the waist so I could turn it over a bit of elastic for the waistband. I used my serger for the insides and twin needle for all my top stitching. No need for neat edging inside because this stuff doesn’t unravel.


Next I decided to make the long sleeved top using Sew House Seven’s Toaster Sweater number 2 even though the picture has a piece from 1. I went down one size so a small this time. I wanted the top to be comfy but not so floaty.


I made the neck crew style just like my floral one. I went with the regular sleeves rather than the raglan sleeves I had before but shortened them because of the wide ribbed cuff I planned on using. I left off the split at the hem. I turned up the bottom 3/4″ and finished it with a twin needle. I also used the twin needle on the neckline and cuffs.


I went to the tank top next because of I was still trying to ensure I had enough fabric for all four pieces. If you know me or my blog, you’ll know my favorite tank top is the Sorbetto by Collette. I lengthened the top by a few inches and left off the bust dart. No need for shaping in comfy land!


I used the rib knit again. This time on the neck and arm holes. I really like this way of finishing off a Sorbetto.  Might have to try this again. Btw, that is my 7th Sorbetto. The finished band is 1″ wide. I took 2 1/2″ strip, folded it in half and stitched it on with a 1/4″ seam allowance.


Last item on my pajama set, is a pair of shorts. Again I used my workout capri pattern. At this point, I didn’t have much fabric left. I would have the length easy but not the width.  I folded my pattern piece and I worked out enough of the middle to make them thin enough to fit on my fabric. These are going to be tiny but the fabric is stretchy so I’m going with it!


I added rib to the waist and the legs. After they were complete I thought they looked like boxers but that’s okay. The Tardis looks a bit bigger on this piece than the other three because it needed to engage it’s stretchiness to fit my behind.


My total for this project is two tops and two bottoms. That gives me plenty of options for all weather. Four pieces and four different looks. I’m a happy Tardis wearing girl!


Oh, and I’m also a dork! Yay!