I love easy patterns and I love them even more when they’re free! Such is the case with Colette Patterns Sorbetto Top, which you can download for free here. I picked up this whimsical cotton print from Sew Modern recently and had some left over black bias tape to use up. It was a perfect pairing!
I often am asked about good projects for beginners and I would say that this project is a wonderful option. Most beginners don’t want to spend a lot of money (nor should you, if you are just starting on your sewing journey), so a free pattern is a really good option. I would recommend this one more than other free patterns out there for a number of reasons:
- It’s drafted by Colette Patterns, which is a high quality pattern company so you know your pattern will be decent.
- There are no zippers or buttons so you don’t have to dive into those skills immediately.
- You get to start building skills by making a couple very basic darts and one decorative pleat.
- The blouse is flattering, so you’ll have a garment you can actually wear in public. A lot of beginners make awful sack dresses that are better suited for carrying a load of potatoes and that kind of sucks when you’re learning because you’re actually dreaming of a gorgeously tailored me-made wardrobe.
- The bias tape can easily be purchased and you get a nice, clean finish of the neckline and arm holes in one of the easiest finishing techniques.
The only thing that I could see as a frustration point for beginners is in putting together the printable pattern and then clearly identifying your pattern size on the full pattern. This pattern is graded for sizes 0-18 (commercial dress sizes), so there are a LOT of pattern lines on the same piece of paper! To make it easier for myself, I highlighted the size 10 line for myself and then trimmed the paper down so that it was a bit more manageable. You could pin the pattern to the fabric and just cut from this point, but I chose to trace the pattern lines onto my fabric.
I’ve been asked by a couple Moxie Peeps to do a post about all the different ways to mark darts, sew them, and finish them, so stay tuned for that post! I have it on my blogging calendar to post before Labor Day.
The pleat is super easy to make and it adds a nice dimension to the blouse lines. In the future, I could see myself adding some lace trim on more delicate fabric for a camisole look that can be worn under a light blazer for the transitional seasons like spring and fall.
Your friendly reminder to finish your seams… you’re welcome!
Exposed bias tape is such an easy finish. The folds in the bias tape make this a no-brainer finish. Collette Patterns gives really clear instructions on how to pin and what to stitch. Don’t be afraid to use your seam ripper if you make mistakes… it happens to all of us! Speaking of bias tape, this is the first time I’ve used store bought bias tape in a while. Making your own bias tape is surprisingly easy and I also have this post coming up on my blogging calendar.
In the end, this blouse produces a very polished version of what would normally be a casual piece of clothing. The bust darts give some nice shaping so that the blouse doesn’t resemble a shapeless sack of fabric when you’re done with it.
What do you all think? If you’re still getting your thread and needles under your finger tips, do you find these types of project recommendations useful? Leave a comment to me know if they are and I’ll find some more for you.
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