We went on vacation, which meant that I got that have-to-sew-something-new-for-vacation itch. And it just wouldn't sit there and not be scratched.
I had in my head a woven tank top, but I have zero woven tank top patterns. I perused Lekala but didn't find anything like the idea in my head. Being cheap, and not seeing anything exactly like my idea, I decided to start with the Sorbetto pattern.
The Sorbetto was recently updated. I had sewn the old Sorbetto way back when I first learned to sew. It was one of the first things I ever made for myself, and I never wore it because it was horribly unflattering. I wasn't a huge fan of the new Sorbetto - I find the neckline too high and the shoulders too wide - but I lack the skills to draft for myself, so I needed to start somewhere.
To get to this silhouette from the Sorbetto, I:
1) Made a 1.25" FBA (for a total of 2.5" added) to the size 8. My measurements fit the size 14, but FBAs are generally not optional if I want to get a good fit. I cut the back at a size 8, but graded to the 14 in the waist and hips. I ended up taking in the side seams from the armpits down about 3/4". There is a lot of ease built into this pattern!
2) I lowered the neckline a bunch, and turned it into a v-shape.
3) I cut in those wide shoulders by 1.25" on each side.
4) I lowered the armholes, but that was a mistake; they are too low.
5) I added side slits and facings so that I wouldn't have to bind the neck and armholes.
6) I cut the back in two pieces due to lack of fabric, but this ended up being a blessing because I needed to take the back neckline in about 1/4", tapering to zero about 6" inches down the back center seam.
The top is sewn out of roughly a yard of linen leftover from a shirt I sewed my dad in 2017. This is the designer quality linen stocked by FabricMart, and it is good stuff. I didn't have enough of it to make self-fabric facings, so I had to use scraps for those.
It's not quite a Sorbetto anymore, but it is a top that I am happy to have in my closet for warmer weather.
Thanks for reading, and I'll see you next time!