Sorbetto top and it’s all mine, because apparently it’s all about me now.

I’ve been feeling a little bad about how all of my sewing has been for myself lately.  I mean, it has been one thing after another for me, me, me around here.  What’s up with that? Aren’t sewing mama’s supposed to be all giving and whatnot?

sorbetto in voile - a happy stitch

Then it hit me…the boys aren’t excited when I sew for them lately.  And, my husband, bless his Irish heart but with him it’s mostly understood that anything I make for him I do for the fun of making it not because he wanted it.

The things these people NEED are frankly a little boring to make and can be purchased at a used clothing shop for $2.50 each.  Bam.  My closet just got happier & more carefree.

sorbetto in voile

This breezy, pleated tank top is a particularly happy one.  It’s made using a free pattern, the famous Sorbetto from Collette Patterns and I got the fabric for a steal at a yard sale.  Considering how expensive sewing can get sometimes, this feels good.  The Sorbetto is such a basic pattern that it’s really easy to alter and indeed, I played around with the pattern a little.

For starters, I used bias tape (as the pattern calls for) on the neck and shoulders but moved it inside the top thereby narrowing the shoulder straps and exaggerating the scoop neck a little.  I also inverted the front pleat to make it less obvious than the in the pattern and I didn’t enclose the pleat at the bottom because I wanted a more a-line, flow-y look. It’s kind of a hippy, summer love shirt.  For me.

sorbetto in voile

Has this we-don’t-need-you-to-sew-for-us thing happened to any other sewists out there? Is it because I have boys?  Does your family love when you make things for them or is it sometime a labor of (your) love? All the bloggy pictures out there seem to be filled with happy recipients.

I’m not going to be able to participate in the upcoming KCW because I will be away and I’m sad because I haven’t missed one in a long time but also need some time to brainstorm something fun to sew that the boys will love.  A dapper hat, maybe? Might be time to get more inventive with t-shirt stencils.  I’m open to any ideas.  Of course, I will be here (yay!) so I’m not all that sad to miss KCW.

17 Comments on Sorbetto top and it’s all mine, because apparently it’s all about me now.

  1. Masha
    March 13, 2014 at 11:04 am (6 months ago)

    I love your mods. I made a Sorbetto awhile back and never wore it, then donated it. It wasn’t my style – yours is much more so, so I might steal your idea :) And as for selfish sewing, yeah, that is happening here too. To the point that my girls recently were like “Uh, mom, aren’t you going to make something for us?” So I did, but I was dreaming about sewing for myself the whole time.

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    • Melissa Q.
      March 13, 2014 at 9:05 pm (6 months ago)

      That is really funny. I can picture you sewing away and dreaming of what you will make for yourself. Love it!

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  2. Krissy
    March 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm (6 months ago)

    I agree with your thoughts/reasoning about sewing lately! Boys and men…sometimes not worth the time and effort to create what they could care less for. Keep sewing for you…it is inspiring me!!

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    • Melissa Q.
      March 13, 2014 at 9:04 pm (6 months ago)

      I’m so glad to hear my selfish approach is inspiring you! What a win for me! (I agree, though, hard work should be thoroughly appreciated!)

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  3. Erin
    March 13, 2014 at 12:23 pm (6 months ago)

    The top looks great! I love it!

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    • Melissa Q.
      March 13, 2014 at 9:03 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks! So sweet of you to say that. :)

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  4. Ute
    March 13, 2014 at 6:37 pm (6 months ago)

    You are on a roll! I love the top! I have to say, I have never been crazy about the Sorbretto, but your version with the inverted pleat changes the look completely and is something I would like to wear, too.

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    • Melissa Q.
      March 13, 2014 at 9:03 pm (6 months ago)

      Thank you! I was also unsure about the Sorbetto because I didn’t like the pleat going the whole way down but the pattern is so darn adaptable. I’m glad I gave it a shot.

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  5. kristin
    March 13, 2014 at 11:26 pm (6 months ago)

    oh i love it with the released pleat and i kinda forgot about the sorbetto (even though it was one of the first things i ever sewed for myself). thanks for the reminder! it’s so cute on you.

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  6. Diane
    March 14, 2014 at 5:01 am (6 months ago)

    That top is beautiful! And yes, loss of interest in sewing things for family has happened to me also. I used to sew all kinds of pretty things for my nieces when they were little. They loved getting new clothes and wore them proudly. And then as they got older, they wanted store bought clothes instead. This allowed me to focus on quilting instead and it was a good transition.

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  7. Pat Burns
    March 14, 2014 at 10:50 am (6 months ago)

    Love the top Melissa It looks terrific on you. Mom

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  8. Jenya
    March 19, 2014 at 7:15 am (6 months ago)

    What a fun summery top. So, the boys wane a break from mummy-made stuff? Not a worry – look at all the wonderful things you have already made for yourself!

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    • Melissa Q.
      March 19, 2014 at 8:36 pm (6 months ago)

      You are so right!

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  9. cerece
    March 25, 2014 at 1:16 pm (5 months ago)

    Can you give a tip on how to do the inverted pleat? That just made the pattern for me!

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    • Melissa Q.
      March 26, 2014 at 10:58 am (5 months ago)

      Of course! You know how the original pattern has you fold the pleat by joining the wrong side of the fabric together so the pleat marks match up. Well, to invert the pleat you match the pleat marks up but with the right side of the fabric meeting up. Make sense. Then you stitch across the top to hold it in place.

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      • cerece
        March 26, 2014 at 2:12 pm (5 months ago)

        That makes great sense. Thanks so much!

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