Free pattern to download: The sorbetto top


I have a little treat for you today: the Sorbetto top, a brand new free downloadable pattern!

Several weeks ago, Kathleen of grosgrain asked me to participate in a little something she put together called free pattern month. I thought it would be a great opportunity to put together another freebie pattern for you all, which is something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time, seeing as the Madeleine Bloomers were such a hit.

So I asked around on twitter and facebook to see what sort of simple, free pattern you all might be interested in. Many people said they wanted a simple tank or camisole, or possibly a babydoll top to go with the bloomers.

With that, I took the 60s as my inspiration and made this ultra-simple and swingy little top! With its ultra simple construction (just two pattern pieces plus some bias tape, and no closures needed), elegant loose cut shaped with bust darts, and the box pleat detail down the front, this is a pattern you can throw together in a huge range of fabrics for summer.

This version was made in a coral pink crepe de chine, with bias tape made in the same fabric. I’m sure you can imagine all the things you can do with a blouse this simple. You could use a patterned bias tape, or just use a contrasting color. Or you could sew just about any embellishment you want down the center. This blouse is a true stash-buster and a great way to use some pretty buttons or trims.

Or check out this version, in a casual printed cotton lawn. For this version, we went ultra-simple and used a pre-packaged bias tape. For this top, we use an exposed bias facing. It gives a nice flat finish, but still lets you show off a pretty bias tape.

This top goes great paired with a coconut-basil milkshake, pictured above. That’s a highly recommended serving suggestion.

Just like with the Madeleine bloomers, some assembly is required for the pattern. You print out the sheets and tape them together to form the pattern. It’s multi-sized for 0 to 18. We estimate that this pattern takes about 2 hours, from start to finish.

Download the Sorbetto Top pattern!

And don’t forget to post photos of any tops you make in the CP Flickr pool!

Sarai Mitnick   —   Founder

Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.

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I am pretty new to sewing but your clear instructions allowed me to feel confident enough to play around a little with the fitting and construction of this top. I am so pleased with the result, thank you! I’m feeling all Arnold Schwarzenegger about my sewing skills now and am going to throw myself into a Parfait dress adventure.

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Thanks so much for the free pattern. I just discovered your site and look forward to checking out the tutorial section as well!

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Hi Sarai, first time I’ve seen your site – love your work! I also LOVE the Sencha pattern and am desperate to get my hands on it as I have some gorgeous apple green japanese silk that would be perfect for it and have been waiting for a pattern that is worthy…like Sencha. Your site says the pattern is temporarily unavailable, when will it become available again please? thanks, kate.

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Thank you so much for the free pattern it looks really lovely but is it a big size 18 … I’m anywhere from an 18 to 22 or like work 24 … nothing like change eh ??? LOL

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sweet sweet pattern, will be cute with any skirt or crop pant pattern I have. Beautiful web site, I will be checking in often.

Than youk

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This is cute, just hope I can mAKE IT FIT.

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What a cute pattern. I willl make it and embellish the neckline with machine embroidery! Thanks so much for Sorbetto.

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Thanks for sharing.
I hope to make thi happen real soon :)

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The test square measures correctly on my monitor but when I print out the pattern the square measures short 3 3/4 ” by 3 3/4″. Has anyone else found this? Because it’s a PDF, I can’t figure out how to modify for printing.


Make sure you don’t have shrink to printer margins selected on your printer options – I did that the first time!

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I love this shirt! Thank you so much for the pattern! New follower for sure:) If you’d like to pass by my blog and check it out, maybe follow your fellow sewer, I would surely love it! Thanks again:)


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