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Istanbul Sorbetto

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Colette Sorbetto Top with Turkish Cotton
I’m currently in Istanbul for work so I thought it was the perfect location to get some photos of this Sorbetto – made with fabric I purchased in Istanbul on a previous work trip.
Colette Sorbetto Top with Turkish Cotton
I haven’t had that much luck so far fabric shopping in Istanbul. On a previous visit I decided I NEEDED to do some fabric shopping so tried the Grand Bazaar and came away with this thick cotton. The quality & colour is lovely, but the fabric clearly wasn’t intended for dressmaking as the width was ridiculously narrow. I decided to make a Soretto as I needed a project with minimal fabric requirements – even so the fabric was so narrow that I couldn’t cut the front & back on the fold as the pattern suggests, but instead had to cut four separate pieces (adding a narrow seam allowance when cutting out) & then sew 2 front and 2 back pieces together. I also had to sacrifice the front box pleat. My Sorbetto is looking a bit creased in these photos having traveled in my suitcase and then been worn all day in around 35c heat.
Colette Sorbetto Top with Turkish Cotton
Colette Sorbetto Top with Turkish Cotton
These photos were taken in Yildiz Park. Like lots of public parks Yildiz was previously private property. It was actually once part of the Sultan’s hunting grounds and palace gardens. I was actually visiting Yildiz on my way to somewhere else – Ortakoy.
Colette Sorbetto Top with Turkish Cotton
Ortakoy is one of my favourite spots in the city – It’s located on the Bosphorus & is crammed full of places to eat & drink. It’s also the best place to eat Kumpir – jacket potatoes stuffed with a ton of fillings. Seriously they are huge & so good!
Ortakoy, Istanbul
Ortaköy Mosque and the Bosphorus Bridge

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Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

8 thoughts on “Istanbul Sorbetto

  1. How lovely to have to go to Istanbul for work! That would be fun, though I’m not sure how much work I would do as I’d be out playing tourist.
    The print of this fabric is really pretty, even with leaving out some of the features it’s a great make.

  2. What a great pattern on that fabric, love the colours 🙂

  3. Lovely top in a lovely location! 😊

  4. I love that fabric. Such a pretty staple top! Ps. I haven’t missed your email. I promise to reply at the weekend 🙂

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