The Carousel Top Pattern Review

Did you catch the debut of Pattern Anthology?  It’s the collaborative effort of four AMAZING pattern designers and I’m especially excited to share their first collection – Sun and Surf Collection- because I call these girls my friends.  They have created a gorgeous collection of children’s sewing patterns and I’m thrilled for them!

Pattern Anthology gave me a copy of the Carousel Top  (affiliate link) to share as part of the Sun and Surf Pattern Tour.  Lucky me!!  I sewed the shirt up in just a couple hours for Olivia.  The comfortable, feminine design falls right in line with both Olivia and my preferred styles.  I used some  gorgeous polka-dot fabric that I picked up in Berkeley a few weeks ago.  I think it’s a silk jersey, but I’m not sure.  It feels so soft and silky and lightweight and worked great for this pattern.  Once Olivia got her hands on the finished shirt, she wouldn’t take it off.

Now, about the pattern, it was thorough and easy to follow.  Go-To Patterns always provide a lot of information about the best fabrics to use and clear instructions for all the steps; this was no exception. Carousel Top pattern also has some great tips for working with knits.

When choosing a size for Olivia (we talked last week about what an itty bitty she is), I went by her chest measurement – and the size chart indicated to use a size 4; then I extended the length down to the size 6 line.  Perfect fit!!!  I mean, perfect!!  I really appreciate a pattern where I can count on the sizing and all of the Go-To Patterns that I’ve used so far provide a reliable sizing chart for me to choose a size for my girls.

This top features a keyhole accent in the back and can be made to close with a button.  There are sweet little gathers at the shoulders, on the sleeves, and in the center front, which really take this pattern from your average tee to a classy, feminine shirt for your little girl.  I love how you can really use your fabric selection to change up the look of this shirt, too.  I can see Olivia using this particular top with both jeans and a pretty skirt.  So many knits, so little time is kind of how I’m feeling about this top right about now.

The Carousel Top and other pieces from there now available individually at Go To Patterns.

Sun & Surf at Sew a Straight Line Sun & Surf at It's Always Autumn Sun & Surf at Elsie Marley Sun & Surf at A Girl and a Glue Gun Sun & Surf at Mama Says Sew Sun & Surf at Girl, Inspired Sun & Surf at Groovybaby and Mama Sun & Surf at The Cottage Home Sun & Surf at Craftiness is Not Optional Sun & Surf at Skirtastop Sun & Surf at Straight Grain Sun & Surf at Me Sew Crazy Sun & Surf at Delia Creates Sun & Surf at Max California Image Map

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Comments

  1. Melissa (Melly Sews) says

    Love that knit – I know the pattern goes up to a size 12 – wonder if I could make one for myself? First to find some silk jersey.

    • says

      I was thinking the same thing, Melissa!! The fabric feels so amazing, I would love to adapt the pattern into one that would fit me. Hear that Andrea? How about a Go-To Carousel Top for women??

  2. Angelina- JoJo & Eloise says

    So So So Cute… I love it all, the shirt, fabric and the Sweetie wearing it.. It is just adorable!!! I totally agree, there should be a women’s size..:) Do you live in C.A. ??
    xo
    Angelina

  3. Angelina- JoJo & Eloise says

    So So So Cute… I love it all, the shirt, fabric and the Sweetie wearing it.. It is just adorable!!! I totally agree, there should be a women’s size..:) Do you live in C.A. ??
    xo
    Angelina

  4. Angelina- JoJo & Eloise says

    So So So Cute… I love it all, the shirt, fabric and the Sweetie wearing it.. It is just adorable!!! I totally agree, there should be a women’s size..:) Do you live in C.A. ??
    xo
    Angelina

  5. Kristie Clower says

    I’m seriously impressed by everything you make. And this top is no exception. I had to purchase the Sweetheart dress pattern after seeing the one you made for Grace (not one of the 3 dresses I’ve made so far was half as cute as yours) and now I need this pattern!

  6. Justine of SewCountryChick says

    I think you should buy a whole bolt of this fabric Stef, it’s so pretty! And it is so you, too! I love the backdrop too.

  7. Jessica at Me Sew Crazy says

    Oh my goodness, I adore your version of this shirt Stef! Those polka dots are fantastic – so stinking cute! Love it, well done!

  8. la inglesita says

    Wow, definitely need one right one! It´s a perfect top for a girl her age and can be worn with jeans, a smart skirt, etc. A lovely basic.
    She is beautiful, btw.
    María

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