Sorbetto Variation Tutorial: The Toast Tunic

With the best of intentions, before my self-imposed break last month, I had photographed a tutorial showing how I adapted Colette’s Patterns’ Sorbetto into the Toast inspired tunic. Now finally, I’ve dug them out, and I hope they make sense (let me know in the comments, if they don’t).

First and foremost, most of the credit for this tutorial belongs to Analog Me and her awesome kimono-tee tutorial – check it out here!

To make this variation you will need:

  • Free Colette Sorbetto Pattern
  • Favourite Sleeve pattern (or use this one)
  • Tracing Paper, ruler, pen

1. Cut out your Sorbetto front and remove the box-pleat by cutting along the centre-front.

2. Mark the stitching lines on the sleeve and front pieces, remembering that the neck and arm-holes of the sorbetto only have 1/4in seam allowance because they are designed for a bias-bound finish.

3. Align the shoulder seam on the front piece with the shoulder point on the sleeve, aligning stiching lines. Do the same under the arm, however, if you like more ease then the underarm points don’t have to meet (e.g. you could leave a 1in gap).

4. Lay the tracing paper over the pattern pieces and trace all the edges. Extend the shoulder seam down the middle of the sleeve piece but don’t draw the sleeve edge in yet.

5. Soften the curve under the arm.

6. From each of the sleeve edges draw a line 1-2in long at a right angle to the existing seam.

7. Using a slight S-shape, join the two lines together forming the sleeve edge.

8. Draw a higher neckline by extending the centre front 2-3in then drawing a straight line starting perpendicular to the CF then curving up to the original neckline.

9. Here you can see the new pattern piece in relation to the bust dart. Repeat steps 1-8 for the back piece making sure you use the back half of the sleeve piece.

10.  Measure the length of your front and back sleeve edges without seam allowance then add 1 1/4in (3cm). Cut a rectangle that is 5in by this length. This is your cuff piece.

11. Pin front to back at side and shoulder seams and try on. Measure your desired length and extend both pieces.


  1. Sew bust darts.
  2. Sew front to back at shoulder and side seams.
  3. Cut 2x cuff pieces from your fabric and 2 from interfacing. Fuse together.
  4. With right sides together, stitch short ends of each cuff piece together forming a circle. Press seam open.
  5. With right sides together, stitch cuff to sleeve edge, matching seams under the arm.
  6. Press under 1/2in of the cuff’s raw edge then fold this edge to the inside of the armhole. Slip stitch in place.
  7. Fold the cuff up again as you like it.
  8. Hem.



  • Melizza February 21, 2012

    This is great! Thanks for sharing. Putting this on my To-Sew list!

  • Zoe February 21, 2012

    Super tutorial – thank you. Love the fabric you’ve used in the photo too.

  • paige p @ luxperdiem February 21, 2012

    well well well, I know what I’m doing this weekend!

    Thanks, I love your blog

  • Petunia February 21, 2012

    Thank you Alana. I like this and can’t wait to sew it.

  • Salma February 21, 2012

    Thank you so much for doing this! I’ve wanted to make one ever since I saw your version on BurdaStyle!

  • Shona February 22, 2012

    Thanks so much for the tutorial on this! It makes a lot more sense than whatever the heck I was trying to do. I’m gonna have to give this another try at some point.

  • Tilly March 05, 2012

    This is so stylish! Your blog is looking fantastic, I can’t get over the graphics and design.

    Are you coming to the International Women’s Day sewing, cake and wine evening at Oh Sew Brixton on Thursday? Drop me an email if so… x

  • Jeannie March 10, 2012

    Have just found your blog – and I saw the Toast dress on your Pinterest. I have just made a similar one from McCall’s 5927 and thought you might be interested?

  • Jinty March 13, 2012

    How spooky was that… I was browsing the Flickr group of Sorbetto Tops, found you and your lovely Toast inspired dress and thought to myself… I would love to know how you made that and then here is the tutorial… I reckon it’s fate 🙂

    Your blog is lovely, will be adding it to Google Reader for my sewing fix.

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