It was a relatively quick sew, especially considering I don’t sew much for myself and this style top was new for me. I used a really lightweight knit, which was a little fussy to sew with, but I don’t think you can tell on the finished shirt. The fabric and the style make the top super comfortable – it’s long enough that I don’t have to worry about it riding up and the medium fit just how I like. The Casual Lady pattern also has a dress version, which you may have seen flying around the sewing blogs – it’s quite cute, too. I’m looking forward to making a few more of these shirts for the summer months – just waiting on my order of knits to arrive!!
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 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. You can also see the striped version I sewed in a basic jersey knit. 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 about sizing for sewing skinny jeans last week), 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.
I stitched up this darling and simple shift dress for Addie to wear for the holidays. At age 3, she wants nothing much to do with any clothing other than pajamas, stretchy pants, and simple dresses. I knew that she would refuse to wear anything frilly or fancy and this little pattern was absolutely perfect. It’s the new Go To Patterns Shift Dress. (affiliate links) It’s just two pieces, with bias tape around the neckline, armholes, and keyhole cutout in the back. I used a silk/cotton blend for the dress – it’s called Radiance by Robert Kauffman, the same fabric that I used to make the pink princess gown last year, the stuff is dreamy. To coordinate with the lace dress Grace would be wearing for Christmas, I imagined that this shift dress would pair great with some black lace tights or leggings. I wasn’t able to find stretch black lace locally, so I attempted to dye a white lace. I used the stove top method with salt for black Rit dye on this nylon/cotton/spandex blend lace and it came out with a rich, even blackness. I used the Go To Leggings pattern to make a pair of footless tights; I skipped hemming the pants – they took about 10 minutes to sew together – love that pattern. Of course, the chances of convincing Addie to have her picture taken are slim to none. When she put the leggings on late Sunday afternoon and requested a photo shoot, I JUMPED to get the dress on her and race outside.
You’ll have to excuse the blurry, less than ideal pictures. The kid is adorable, the clothes are awesome, the photography is poooooooor. But, I wasn’t looking at my camera settings, I was just trying to click the shutter as fast as I could before the little boss called the whole thing off. See her grand finale down there in the corner? She busted out her 60’s dance moves – plugged her nose and shimmied all the way down to the ground, laughing hysterically. Amazing how much of her personality I caught even if the pictures aren’t grand!
If you’re looking for an easy way to make your own (kid’s) leggings, I highly recommend you grab this pattern. You can find it in Andrea’s pattern shop, Go To Patterns