The 'Steady As She Goes' Sorbetto Blouse

Saturday, July 27, 2013

When I renewed my interest in sewing, I found Colette's Sorbetto blouse pattern and whipped up one.  It was free, the directions were straightforward, and there were variations galore -- so what was not to like? I liked it so much that I bought some sheer black cotton lawn and black poly blend to make a Sorbetto.   I started this project at the beginning of the year.  But as a semester usually goes (I teach science at a university), I get busy and it got buried underneath new projects and fabrics.

Gearing up for the start of the school year, I wanted to complete some crucial projects to supplement my school year wardrobe.  To top that, I was nudged by the Pattern Review UFO contest.  The decision was made in an instant and it was an easy no-brainer: complete my Sorbetto.

UFO (UnFinished Object)

Since the pattern pieces were laid out and cut well before.  All I really had to do was put my own spin on the Sorbetto and sew it up. Guess what popped up on my Ipod when I started to sew? The Raconteurs' Steady as She Goes and I knew I had my inspiration.  I need a Steady As She Goes blouse to conquer the school year. I choose to add 3/4 sheer sleeves instead of short sleeves which I had intended so that I could wear it in the Louisiana winter. I also omitted the center pleat.  I made some bias tape for the neckline out of a fat quarter of quilting cotton and sewed the sucker up.

Viola!  The Steady As She Goes Sorbetto Blouse

Look at the little guy in the picture above -- he wanted his picture too!

Onward to a new semester!


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10 Responses to “The 'Steady As She Goes' Sorbetto Blouse”

  1. Love your Sorbetto. I specially like the contrast bias binding and the sleeves. I haven't tried this pattern yet but I have it ready and waiting in my pattern stash. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Thank you. When you get a chance you should try the Sorbetto. It really is an easy fun sew.

  2. I really love the Sorbetto with sleeves. And I love the contrast binding too. I laughed when I read that you chose three quarter sleeves for the winter...our winters in Toronto are quite a bit colder.

    1. Also, I was going to follow your blog but I can;t figure out how!

    2. Ahh winter! I am originally form the north and have only lived in the south for about 6 years. But it is such a contrast in seasons. I can understand the winter of Toronto trumps the winter in Louisiana.

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  3. oh i love it, especially with the skirt! so perfect for fall. and such a cute dog!

  4. I love your version of the Sorbetto top. I am about to make one and wanted to add sleeves. Is there an easy way of telling me how you did yours? Did you have to alter the armhole to insert a sleeve? Did you use the sleeve from a certain other pattern? Whatever you did, it certainly was successful!

    1. I did adjust the armhole slightly -- I lowered the armhole. I did not alter the armhole to insert the sleeve. I ended up using the 3/4 sleeve pattern from my failed Collete Peony dress since it was already cut. If I would do it over again, I would probably draft my own long sleeve as the Peony sleeve feels slightly tight.

      I made a short sleeve version based on Mena Trott's post on Sew Weekly: I found that I did not have to alter the armhole to insert the sleeve -- as such I did not for the 3/4 length sleeve.

      Thanks for visiting -- I hope this answers your questions!

  5. I love what you've done with the Sorbetto- it looks very elegant.

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