Sorbetto with sleeves

Bless my husband’s aunt for supplying me with fabrics she no longer wants.  She used to sew as a hobby but has no time or interest in it anymore.  I thank her for two reasons: 1) well hello, free fabric, and 2) her fabric choices are so different from mine.  I’m not into busy prints and bright colors so yeah, I have the tendency to go to boring street all the way and back.  This is one of the interventions I need to try something different.

So I made another Sorbetto top from one of the fabrics  she gave me, and added sleeves to it this time.


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I found the right sleeves I was looking for on this site.  Huge thank you to Leslie’s step by step tutorial on altering the sleeve pattern.  It’s very easy to follow.  Now my Sorbetto  has cute puffed sleeves, just as I wanted.

Speaking of sleeves,  I didn’t have enough fabric left to cut them following the grain line.  I know, I know, I’m supposed to follow the grain line no matter what.  Still  the sleeves held on and stayed in shape even after washing so now I can breathe.  Aside from adding sleeves and not following grain lines, I also lengthened the top by 3 inches.  Happy to note that though it’s not my favorite color (purple washes me out), it has everything I wanted for a summer top.



I can’t end this post without mentioning the ruins of Okoř Castle that provides a beautiful backdrop for these photos.  It’s situated in a sleepy village of Okoř just a few kilometers away from Prague airport.  The 35-minute guided tour inside the ruins is for 70kc/ adult (roughly €3).  I have a bias on ruins so I’ll say it’s a must to go inside.  Better yet, get married there!  They do organize weddings.  Wow, your wedding photos would be like a dream. 🙂




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Pattern:  Sorbetto by Colette

Sleeves pattern by The Sew Weekly:  Download here

Sleeves alteration tutorial at

Photo location:  Okoř Castle, Czech Republic


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6 Responses to Sorbetto with sleeves

  1. chuichoy says:

    I was never a big fan of sleeveless sorbettos I’m not sure why but I love them with sleeves! Such a cute colorful summer top and I don’t think purple washes you out at all. Do you think you would make your own wedding dress to wear in front of this castle one day? :p

    • marialeila says:

      Yes, I do think sorbetto is better with sleeves and the length should be a bit longer. Thanks, I’ll try it more with purple then :D. I don’t think my husband is up for another wedding (we had a beach wedding in the Phils) but now that you mentioned it, maybe I’ll slowly bring up the subject just so I could make my own wedding dress haha!

  2. Abigail says:

    Wow, the back round for your pictures beat any other bloggers! I love seeing where you travel too–are all of the places you go to close to where you live? It seems like you’re traveling places all the time!
    And free fabric is wonderful too. I love this Sorbetto, and the print is super fun. Even if purple’s not your favorite color, it looks good on you!

    • marialeila says:

      Yes, Abi, these castles and ruins are near where I live. I live in Prague and Czech Rep is such a small country so everything is pretty much just around the corner. It’s summer and I don’t go to work till Sept 1st so it’s like sewing and checking out the castles for me. 🙂 Thank you for always having nice words to say!

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