In my previous post I showed my version of the Sorbetto Tank Top from Colette Patterns. Here are the instructions on how to make these alterations. If you’ve never inserted a sleeve into a garment, I recommend doing this first before attempting these alterations.
Leslie’s Sorbetto Alterations
Your alterations now have caused your sleeve head to be a bit wonky across the top, so you will need to redraw this line and smooth it out. I used a sleeve curve, but a dinner plate will work fine. You just want it to be smooth and clean. Again, not couture-approved….
For the rest of the pattern follow the Sorbetto pattern instructions and… Staystitch – Step 1
Stitch Darts – Steps 1-3
Stitch Center Pleat – Steps 1-6
Stitch Front to Back – -Steps 1-4
STOP….It’s time to work on the new and improved Sleeve…
Prepare your Sleeve by stitching two gathering seams across sleeve head. Be sure to mark front and back of Sleeve.
Stitch Sleeve side seams and press open.
Pull up gathers and adjust.
Turn under the sleeve hem twice and top stitch. Pin Sleeve to top…Sleeve front to top front, etc.
Stitch sleeve to top according to standard practices using a 5/8″ seam.
Finish your Sorbetto Top according to the pattern directions with one exception…you do not need to finish the sleeve openings with bias tape since you’ve inserted this adorable gathered sleeve….
That’s all there is to it!