After giving is a try, I found that I really like Colette’s Sobretto Tank. You can read my review here and here. The Sobretto is a free pdf pattern that you can download here. It is really great blouse to wear under a suit jacket (with a few modifications) and would be terrific for the upcomming hot Summer weather.
Lately, I have found myself contemplating new Sobretto Tanks. I am interviewing for jobs right now, and need some white or blue tops to go under my suit jacket. Here are some of the possible Sobrettos that I might make, using fabric from Emma One Sock.
The first possibility is a Sobretto using this shimmery blue knit. I think this would be really elegant.
The next blue Sobretto top uses this terrific 100% cotton with tea cups and tea pots. I would make this one with the front pleat and blue or white bias binding at the neckline and arm holes. Alternatively, it would be terrific to finish the edges with a dark blue satin piping. Just charming!
Now for some white Sobrettos. Those would go with anything, especially my spring blue tweed suit from Talbots.
Obviously, a white lace Sobretto would be perfect. This 100% cotton bright white lace would be my choice, with a pale blue blue batiste enderlining. I would skip the pleat and clean finish the neckline and arm holes, possibly with a white rayon or silk lining. And of course, since this lace has a scallop edge, that would need to be at the bottom. Finally, I might consider some subtle beading near the neckline. For example, you could put a bead at the center of each of the flowers in the lace pattern.
I would love to sew a white linen Sobretto. I particularly love these two striped linen fabrics from Emma One Sock. I would use the white blue-striped fabric for the body and the accompanying blue white-striped fabric for the bias binding. This Sobretto would definitely need the front pleat. Linda also has these striped linen fabrics in a salt & pepper colorway.
My favorite of all would be this floral Sobretto. I absolutely love this bright 100% cotton by Jams World. It would be great with or without the front pleat. At this point, I’m not sure if I would bind the edges or clean finish them with facings. Alternatively, I could make it with short sleeves. It is something to contemplate.
If you were going to make some Sobrettos for Summer, what would you do?