Long ago, in the dewy sweet land of Hawaii, I discovered and made the Sorbetto Tank by Colette. It was the first pattern of theirs I made and was so pleasantly surprised by the fit with no alterations. It has a 50s vibe with the high neckline and pleated front, but no closures of any kind, so it is a great beginner pattern and quick sew. One could easily make a couple in a single day, if they were so inclined.
This year, Colette ran a Sorbetto Week, where they posted a few hacks of modernize the tank, make it out of knit, and extend it to dress length. Just like the lure of the free pattern, the modern tank called to me and I was able to whip it up and wear it to work this past week.
Here is the Green Modern Tank Version. (followed this tutorial) The bust dart has been removed and the shape made more swingy. A little pocket added, although somehow I miscalculated the position and mine is too far center. I thought about removing it, but really it’s not that noticeable. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.
In the outdoor lighting this tank looks strangely blue in photos. But it is most definitely green.
And how much did this tank cost to make? ZERO dollars. Well, thread and time, but the pattern was free (link here) and the fabric was from my stepmom’s stash. A super easy and low cost first project for the novice sewist.
I have plans for another version, where I fix the pocket location, but really I need to start focusing on my Fall sewing list. I limped through the cold weather last year with my old work wear from nearly a decade past. I want to really like what I wear this Fall and Winter.