Saturday, 26 May 2012

Snappy Toddler Top

It all started with this dress from Boden. I loved the neckline and the topstitching. Then I remembered seeing a similar dress on flickr and went searching for a tutorial. The tutorial I used was from Prudent Baby: Snappy Toddler Top.

I wanted to put the topstitch detail on the neckline, which seemed easy enough, and I didn't have any snaps so decided to go with buttons instead. I had some lovely mother of pearl buttons in a star shape and thought they would echo the flowers of my fabric. The fabric is Verna by Kate Spain for Moda.

I made a slight alteration when piecing together the collar, and that was to use interfacing to give it some substance. I just cut it 1.5cm shorter all the way around than the pattern piece and sandwiched it in. I like how it helps the shape of the finished garment.

I cut out the pattern as it is sized at 12-18m thinking that it could be a top for my 13 month old. I made a rough estimate of length and followed everything through. It is a really easy pattern and a delight to sew up as it takes no time at all. (I had interruptions, a lot, so didn't manage to do it all in one sitting, but you could easily have this done in under 2 hours if you have the luxury of a quiet house).


I added a secret ribbon trim to the inside hem which adds a splash of colour.
There are green coloured dots on there which match the top, but really I had been looking to use this ribbon up for ages!

You may notice, this is not a 13 month old child. The pattern sizing made up quite a roomy top for a 12-18 month old and seeing as I had made it shorter (for a top not a dress) then I happily got away with using it as a top for my 3 year old. She was very happy about the trade, and seeing as it has been ridiculously hot today I was very happy about letting her wear it.

I will however have to review the sizing for the next time I make it. And that will be soon. And in dress length. As well as another top. Or two, or three.....

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