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My Colette Patterns Sorbetto Top


After admiring this pattern for some time now, I finally made my first (and second)! Sorbetto.

A few months ago, Colette Patterns released an updated Sorbetto pattern. I understand that the original Sorbetto launched in 2011, with the intention of being a basic top to introduce fundamental sewing skills to all. Although I didn’t make the old pattern I was excited to try this new and improved Sorbetto. The size range is quite impressive, it ranges from a size 0 – size 26.

Before I go any further I need to mention that this pattern is a free download!! Yep you heard it right!

This Spring time Colette Patterns ran a friendly competition on good old Instagram to sew up their new Sorbetto top and tag it ( #colettesorbetto ) for the chance to win some sewing goodies. Although I was super busy at the time and unfortunately unable to have a go at this one, I was totally inspired by all the entries, particularly this stunning top by the wonderful Carmen Sews. No surprise that she came joint first in the competition! If you haven’t stumbled across Carmen yet and would like some pretty sewing inspiration you can also check out her Instagram right here.

My fabric choice is a super sweet pale blue and white gingham check from The Crafty Sew and So in Leicester. Unfortunately the photos make it look a little washed out, the close up shots below capture the true beauty of it a little better.

I jumped right in and made up a straight size 8. Normally ( in fact almost always) I will make up a toile before cutting into precious fabric. For some reason on this occasion I didn’t do this, and sadly the results are a top that is rather too large and ill fitting.

Sad times.

Although the design is for a relaxed fit top, my version is much too roomy, the bust darts are too low and whilst the neckline, shoulders and sleeves feel fine, the bust downwards is much too large.




Lesson very much learned. Back to making up toiles before making new patterns.

However it’s such a pretty style I was not deterred, and when considering what to take with me to make on my recent #sewingweekender I opted to cut out and take another Sorbetto top – this time in a much smaller size 4. Success! The fit is much much better for me, dart slightly higher, and still comfortable across the shoulders and sleeves.

Much better!

I almost forgot to mention that there are 3 versions to choose from. Both times I went for version 3 because of the cute cap sleeves. However you could choose a sleeveless version (version 1), or another sleeveless version which has a longer length and a slight high-low hem (version 2).  I love the pleat which runs down the centre front of all three versions.

I would recommend this as a great beginner pattern. It’s quick and easy to make and  I only needed 1 yard/metre of fabric (as my fabric was 60″ wide).


I know that I will make this pattern again, probably next year now, as the weather feels like it is turning cooler. I would be very tempted to use a pretty floral crepe or something with a little more drape I think. It’s a lovely pattern though when you get your sizing right, and very generous of Colette Patterns to provide it free of charge. Thank you.

As always, I welcome your comments, have you made the Sorbetto and what did you think?

Take care and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x




4 thoughts on “My Colette Patterns Sorbetto Top

  1. I know the frustration of trying a new pattern and getting the fit wrong! I haven’t made this yet, but am tempted for next summer too. Your second version looks really good, a great fit.

  2. Hi Ann, I’m so disappointed – I almost always toile before I make, but not this time… never mind – I could always go and alter it although it’s always difficult to go back to something after you have ‘finished it’ isn’t it – there are so many more other fun projects to sew!!

  3. I’m always getting the fit wrong, so I always go up and work down from there. I’m thin or small boned, tall and yet my breasts are on the bigger side, so it’s always a gamble and I have to be honest with you, I can’t really afford to do a toile for every pattern.

    I’ve made two Sorbettos, the first with the placket and sleeveless, the second was cap sleeved and without the placket in the front. I’m more of a fan of leaving out the front placket because I don’t need more attention paid to that area and I kept catching it on shelves and books when volunteering at the library. (weird!)

    I love your wee floral one!

  4. Hi Gwen, you’re right – it can be expensive to toile so often _ I am always on the look out for super cheap fabric to do this! Good idea to leave out the placket – gives you a different look and no more books toppling! Have a lovely day x

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