A sustainable Sorbetto is born


Hint: the color of my new Sorbetto may give my secret away.
Can you guess where the source fabric comes from?

Indizio: il colore del Sorbetto potrebbe rivelare il mio segreto.
Indovinate da dove viene la stoffa?


From time to time I rescue my partner’s shirts that would otherwise be dismissed. I love the feel of a men’s shirt and I find blue very feminine too. And it’s great to have some free fabric to create!

To avoid any gaping, I ran a row of stitches on either side of the button placket.

A volte recupero le camicie che il mio compagno non mette piu’. Adoro il tessuto delle camicie da uomo e trovo che il blu sia un colore molto femminile. Ed e’ fantastico avere stoffa a disposizione per creare!

Ho chiuso l’abbottonatura con due cuciture parallele ai bottoni per evitare di dar spettacolo ;)


I used self-made linen bias binding from my stash.
Lo sbieco e’ in lino. L’ho fatto con della stoffa che avevo.


And I got obsessed with perfecting my forward shoulder fit. You know that annoying shoulder seam being slanted backwards while your shoulder tip points forwards?
After loads of investigation trying to understand my problem in the first place, I found two great tutorials from Maria Denmark and Phat Chick that also includes how to alter the sleeve for a forward shoulder
I now need to try to alter my sleeves for that too…

E poi mi e’ venuta l’ossessione di sistemare la vestibilita’ delle spalle. Avete presente quando la cucitura sulle spalle punta all’indietro mentre l’omero va in avanti?
Dopo varie ricerche per capire la causa (che e’ un problema di postura), ho trovato come risolvere il problema grazie a Maria Denmark e a Phat Chick che spiega anche come modificare la manica per le spalle curve


I need your creative help: how can I cover up the darker area with stitches from the old pocket?

Avrei bisogno delle vostre idee creative: Come posso coprire la zona piu’ scura e le cuciture ancora visibili della vecchia tasca?

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12 Comments

  1. Perfect timing, I have 19 men’s shirts I was going to put in a donation box in the morning, now my plans have changed…Thank you so much

  2. I really love this idea and it looks great! Some wonderful suggestions on the dark spot (which I did not notice at first.)

    Could you leave the pocket? What about appliqueing a light blue gingham or even a contrast stripe from another shirt?

    Does it fit over your head ok? I wonder if it would work with my body shape.

    • Jane, thanks for the ideas.
      Gingham would be nice actually. Unfortunately I could not leave the pocket in as it would come up too high and right on the dart area.
      The top fits over the head. No zipper or closures to add. I find the shape quite versatile as it’s not super fitted (no waist darts). And if you wanted an even less fitted top, you could even remove the bust darts.

  3. The darker area doesn’t show to me in the picture so others may not notice either, but if you’re lucky enough to get a couple of very sunny days, you could leave the top folded so the “pocket” is face up exposed to maximum rays.

    My OH wears blue shirts and when I was learning to sew, I used them to make my daughter Betty Draper-style dresses (yes, she was that small).

  4. Very cute! I like the contrast binding. And I love that you reworked a man’s shirt into something for yourself! I have a few shirts that need to be reworked too!

  5. Oh. My. Gosh.
    This is divine.
    I love the colours and the fit is astonishing.
    I may have to steal some of The Husband’s shirts!
    Evie recently posted..Pretty practical

  6. Next time, you could unpick the pockets, and then dye the shirt a slightly darker shade to even out the color between the exposed, worn areas and the covered-up, darker areas. Another thing I typically do is make the back of the old shirt into the front of the new one. Sometimes I cut out the placket, too, so there’s a center back seam. The fabric that had been covered up by pockets is on the back of the shirt instead of the front, and far less noticeable to me and everyone else that way. :)