You might remember this top from the necklace DIY post I did recently, and I'm proud to say that I made it myself! I used the ever popular (and free!!) Sorbetto Tank Top pattern by Colette Patterns. With it's clean and simple design, this top was a great first garment to make. In fact, I even got brave enough to alter the pattern on my own a bit.
The most noticeable change I made was inverting the pleat. Making that adjustment was as simple as folding the pleat in the opposite direction than the pattern called for. Then, I just stitched about two inches down the pleat line rather than going down the entire length of the tank.
Another thing I did was to add three inches in length. I found this tutorial from Oliver + S to be very helpful in learning how to properly adjust the pattern.
Creating the inverted pleat and adding some length to the tank created a nice tunic effect that I love. The top is light and flowy and perfect for spring.
I did run into some tricky points while working on the top. I found sewing on curved edges to be challenging There are some places my stitching isn't very even, but thankfully the busy floral print makes it hard to see my mistakes. Also, next time, I'm going to take the pattern in a bit at the hips. The top looks great tucked in, but if I leave it untucked, it gets to looking like a maternity blouse and I'm not needing that at this point!
Pattern: Sorbetto by Colette Patterns (FREE!!)
Making this floral top was a fun challenge. I learned how to piece together a PDF sewing pattern, created my own bias tape, and made some simple alterations to the pattern. I'm feeling so inspired by all the different versions of the Sorbetto that I've seen online and can't wait to make a few more versions of this top in different styles.
P.S. I recently also bought this dress pattern from Colette that I can't wait to make. I'm currently looking for the perfect fabric to make it in.