Free Pattern Month Day 24 - Colette Patterns: Sorbetto Tank Top

May 26, 2011

Please welcome a favorite among seamstresses, Sarai from Colette Patterns.
(Today's featured pattern after intro.)
I discovered Sarai's website through her adorable FREE bloomer pattern which I've used frequently. Their style is very sophisticated and their dress patterns are unique. I especially love the fabrics they use in their variations and their fun photoshoots!
Colette Patterns has some great professional pieces available to purchase. One of their most famous which you might have seen all over the blogosphere: the Lady Grey Overcoat Pattern.
Sarai loves the hard work of running a business and figuring out how to implement her bazillions of ideas. She’s proud to contribute to the revival of sewing as a craft, and to help educate and inspire other sewists. She describes herself as a Crazy Cat Lady, vegetable grower, gin drinker, traveler, knitter, and bookworm.
Follow Sarai's personal blog Sweet Sassafras.

But running a shop isn't a one man operation. Colette Patterns is made up of three more very talented people.
Caitlin Clark, stitcher extraordinaire who puts together samples, helps with design, and comes up with fun projects for the website. Ken Wilson who handles the dirty work of logistics and keeping Colette Patterns website running, as well as helping with customer service. And Rachel Rector, wholesale liason and manager of stockists, in addition to contributing to the Colette Pattern's blog.
Thank you Colette Patterns for being a guest here on Grosgrain today. Your patterns are such an inspiration for all of us crafters in the blogosphere who love to stitch and look stylish.
Sarai take it away.
Summer is a great time for some creative stash-busting. I love using the pretty fabrics and trims I have hanging around to make easy-to-wear basics with fun details that can be switched up.
Enter the Sorbetto top, a simple tank in a loose but body skimming 60s style, finished with exposed bias trim and a center box pleat down the front. Can't you just see it in a bright color with polka dot bias tape for the trim? Or with little glass buttons sewn down the front of the pleat? And with only two pattern pieces (plus the bias tape), you can assemble this versatile top in just a couple hours.

 We made a couple in different fabrics to show you how it can be changed up. The first is done in a light silk crepe, with bias tape made to match. The second one is a large floral print on cotton lawn, with purchased pink bias tape for contrast. Both look great with jeans or slim capris and flats ala Audrey Hepburn.

The pattern is multi-sized, from size 0 to 18. You will need to assemble the pattern pieces by taping them together, but with only two pattern pieces, this goes by quickly. Enjoy, and we'd love to see anything you make in theColette Patterns flickr pool, and on our sewing forum!

To get the FREE PDF pattern that goes with this tutorial visit here:

See tutorial below:
Thank you Colette Patterns for being a part of Free Pattern Month! I always look forward to all your new shop additions! Can't wait to see what future dresses you imagine into life.
Stay tuned tomorrow for Kathreen of Whip Up!

8 {comments}:

Claire (aka Seemane) said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG! How awesome - thanks Sarai & Kathleen for posting this :)

Elizabeth said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE! Sarai, most of your patterns are drafted for a c cup, is this true of this one? Wondering if 34b me with a narrow rib cage needs to-do an SBA!

angel said... Best Blogger Tips

oh wow! I'm gonna try this! When I learn to sew better I want move on to the "Ginger" skirt.


Sarai said... Best Blogger Tips
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Sarai said... Best Blogger Tips


Hi Elizabeth. Yes, it's drafted at a C cup, but would be very easy to modify if you need it!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Just so pretty ! Thank you once again for your generous giving of this and the other patterns.


Sylvia-Louise said... Best Blogger Tips

Pattern was super easy to follow. I shortened the tank, added a skirt and cap sleeves to make a summer dress. Thanks for sharing!

Emma Robert said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice collection of tank top with printed designing!! I also like printed and colorful tank tops for casual wear.

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