I've just discovered the Colette Sorbetto pattern - a free download from HERE. I actually printed the pattern off a while ago, but rediscovered it in one of my 'pattern mountains' so thought I'd give it a go. I've been really pleased with the Colette Laurels that I've made and this looked to be an easy make - and it was.
The first one was cut from a seersucker gingham in red which was intended just to check the fit, but I've been wearing it lots
As you can see, it's a simple vest shape, with a front pleat and bias trimmed neck and armholes. I used my bias maker - such a brilliant little gadget. My trusty and much-used overlocker had finally given up the ghost (it's since been replaced with a shiny new model) so I used french seams to neaten the inside. A check of other versions on the internet suggested that the darts might be a bit high, and I thought I'd want it a bit longer too, so I slashed across the pattern between the armholes and the darts, and added 5cm there, both front and back.
I was so pleased with it, I had a look to see what other suitable 'Sorbetto' fabric I had, and that resulted in this versionCreative Sanctuary sew-in, I cut out my third version, and finished it when I got home
Look at that terrific pleat placement - deckchairs slap bang in the middle! Actually, I can't claim any credit for that, if Jane hadn't mentioned it, I'd have just cut it out without thinking about it, so thanks Jane. I think this is my favourite version - and I'm very tempted to get the same fabric in pink too.
I've also made a 4th version for my friend Jill, in a fresh green and white floral print, but I forgot to take a photo before I gave it to her.
I can thoroughly recommend the pattern as a simple and quick summer top - there will definitely be more.
1, 2, 3 - Len Barry