Thing 91

The more I sew, the more I discover the wealth of clever independent designers out there. Colette is one such designer, and happily for the budget-restricted among us she offers a freebie pattern on her website. The Sorbetto is a sleeveless blouse with no zippers or buttons to fiddle with. The front pleat is chic and easy to sew. It’s the perfect beginner pattern.

Using one of my husband’s old shirts, I made one late last year to try out the pattern. The fit wasn’t great, but it had potential. I moved the darts down and added another dart at the arm scye. I pulled out another old shirt, this time in linen, and gave the revised pattern a whirl.

Much better!


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I made bias binding from the old sleeves to finish the neckline and armholes and hemmed the bottom. The front of the old shirt is the back of the new, and you can see where the pocket used to be.


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Doesn’t matter. I only wear this with a sweater.


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I wear this shirt all the time. It’s comfortable and it goes with everything. Bonus feature: it didn’t cost me a cent.


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I predict a summer wardrobe full of Sorbettos.



Cost of this Thing: 0
Cost of all Things to date: €120.69



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  6 comments for “Thing 91

  1. April 11, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    very nice! I made a bunch last year to wear under blazers and sweaters for work. Did you find you had to size down quite a bit?

    • April 12, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      I cut a size 14, but I had to add extra darts because of the gaping. Other than that it was comfortable and roomy. With every version I get the fit better. (I’ve made 2 more, 1 about which I’ll probably be blogging tomorrow.)

  2. Tobi Paton
    April 12, 2014 at 4:05 am

    Very nice. You could start a new trend…. phantom pockets on the backs of shirts. Everyone’s going to want one.

    • April 12, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      Could open up a whole new market for phantom pens…

  3. Hanneke
    April 12, 2014 at 6:42 am

    If you are looking for one in yellow I have a beautiful shirt of DH’s!

    • April 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm


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