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Sorbetto Sewalong March – April, 2017

Welcome to the Sorbetto Sewalong!

I am so glad you are joining us for the Sorbetto Sewalong! Together, we will make all three versions of this lovely top.

If you don’t have your own copy of the pattern yet, you can download it in the Colette Patterns shop—it’s free!


This Sewalong will be co-taught by myself (Haley) and my pal and fellow sewing expert, Katie.

I am a professional sewing teacher, writer, and the Editorial Director over at Colette HQ. I have years of experience in women’s ready-to-wear, teaching, and home sewing.

As Producer at Colette HQ, Katie teaches new skills through in-depth tutorials, Sewalongs, and articles for Seamwork Magazine and the Colette Blog.

We can’t wait to make all three versions of Sorbetto with you!


Our Sewalongs are simple. We’ll publish a series of posts detailing each step in the process of fitting and sewing the pattern. You can sew along with us, ask questions, and share your techniques and advice with others.

Feel free to leave comments with thoughts, questions, and photos. We try our best to answer as many questions as possible, but encourage you to jump in and help each other out as well.


We’ll start this week with a discussion of fabric and supplies. Then we will dive into fitting, so you can get a completely custom-fitted Sorbetto.

The focus on fit makes this Sewalong a little different from the rest. We will divide our fitting into two sections: pre-muslin fit adjustments, and post-muslin fit adjustments.

Pre-muslin fit adjustments are changes made to a pattern based on simple measurements alone. They help minimize the work to be done once the muslin is sewn.

After our muslins are created, we’ll dive into some additional adjustments to help you achieve the perfect fit.

After thoroughly fitting Sorbetto, we will construct this simple top, from cutting to hemming. And finally we will share our Sorbettos.

The Sorbetto Sewalong

  1. Welcome to the Sorbetto Sewalong (25 Comments)

    The Sorbetto top is a classic and versatile wardrobe favorite. Together, we will make all three versions of this lovely top.

  2. Gather Fabric and Supplies (24 Comments)

    In this lesson, we discuss the various types of fabric you can use to make Sorbetto, and any other supplies you might need.

  3. Basic Fit Adjustments (17 Comments)

    In this lesson, you’ll learn how to grade between sizes as well as shorten and lengthen your Sorbetto.

  4. Bust Adjustments (41 Comments)

    Need to make adjustments for a large or small bust? This lesson will show you how easy it is.

  5. Making a Muslin (35 Comments)

    Check the fit of your Sorbetto with an easy muslin.

  6. Shoulder and Sleeve Adjustments (12 Comments)

    In this post, we will discuss fit adjustments for wide and narrow shoulders, as well as reducing or increasing the bicep.

  7. Front Bodice Adjustments (12 Comments)

    In this lesson, we will cover how to execute a full tummy adjustment and how to raise or lower a dart.

  8. Cutting and Prep (2 Comments)

    Cutting out your New Sorbetto and a few preparatory steps before sewing begins.

  9. Assemble Bodice (5 Comments)

    Watch your New Sorbetto take shape! This lesson will cover bodice construction.

  10. Sleeves and Bias Finishing (10 Comments)

    Let’s insert the sleeves and finish our necklines and armholes with bias binding.

  11. Hems (11 Comments)

    We’ll wrap everything up by hemming and your New Sorbetto will be finished!

  12. Your Sorbettos! (5 Comments)

    It’s been such a pleasure walking you through sewing your perfect Sorbetto. Making adjustments and learning new techniques takes time and practice. If you do have any questions going forward, feel free to contact us. Without further ado, the Sorbetto parade! Haley’s Version Two Sorbetto Haley’s Version Three Sorbetto Your Sorbettos clockwise from top left: …