Wednesday, October 23, 2013

izzy top - free pattern and tutorial

It seems that for me Kids Clothes Week = free pattern. In April, I drew up the Lola Dress which led to the first free pattern on this blog.  And then in July I offered 2 patterns, the Butterfly Jumper and the Basic Knit Shorts.  Logically this KCW should result in 3 patterns if the trend held true, but it turns out I have the time, energy and brain power for only one pattern this time ... and to be honest, I think I may have borrowed some brain power from my kids just to finish this one :)  Regardless, I did finish it, and here is the free size 2 (and now 18 mos -  - 12!) pattern.


The following links to the pattern contain affiliate links. Although I do not make any money directly from the Izzy Top pattern, I do appreciate people signing up for Craftsy through this link since I get a small commission for each new Caftsy account.  Affiliate programs like this allow me to keep these patterns free for everyone.  Thank you!



The Izzy Top is a sweet, feminine curved yoke top pattern that closes with a button (or snap) tab in the back.  It is a very simple pattern to make and only requires basic sewing skills.  The link above is the pattern pieces only.  All cutting and sewing directions are included in this post.

*** After you click on the link for the Izzy Top pattern, make sure to open it with Acrobat Reader before printing.  For some reason the pattern does not print correctly directly from Dropbox in certain browsers ***


The pattern includes two options for finishing the bottom - a basic hem as shown above or the elastic casing shown below which creates a cute bubble effect.  The elastic option is super cute on kiddos with a bit of a toddler belly :)



Preparing the pattern:

Sizing - The only measurement necessary to determine size is chest circumference.  The pattern is designed to fit true to ready to wear sizes.  For example, even though my daughter Mae has a 19" chest, she wears a 2T in ready to wear clothing and she wears a 2T in this pattern as well. The measurements below are intended as a guide and indicate the largest chest circumference that each size can accommodate.  If your child is taller or shorter than normal, length can be added or removed from the bottom of the skirt.

18 mos - 19.5
2 - 20"
3 - 21"
4 - 22"
5 - 23"
6 - 24"
7 - 25.5"
8 - 27"
10 - 28.5"
12 - 30"

1. Click on the link above to get your free Izzy Top pattern pieces.

2. Print the pattern pieces being sure to select no scaling or the print actual size option.  You can print just the first page to start and measure the 1" test box if you are unsure whether the pattern is going to print the correct size.

3. There are five pattern pieces: the front bodice, the back bodice, the button tab and the front and back "skirt" portion.  The front and back skirts are nested on the same pages, so you may want to print pages 1, 2, 4 & 5 twice.

4. The skirt pieces need to be assembled by matching the stars.  You will need to trim one of the pages to overlap the other.  For reference, the skirt on the size 2 should measure 9.5" along the right side of the pattern piece if it is printed and assembled correctly.


Cutting your fabric:

Suggested Fabrics: Most light to medium weight wovens such as corduroy, 100% cotton or cotton blends, linen, or rayon challis.  The elastic bottom version is better suited to lightweight fabrics.

This pattern uses approximately 1/2 yd of the main print and about 1/4 yd for the lining for the size 18 months and size 2.  Sizes 3 - 8 should use less than 1 yard and sizes 10 & 12 use approximately 1 1/4 yards for the main fabric and all sizes use less than 1/3 yard for the lining.  The button tab can be made from a scrap of coordinating fabric if desired.  You will also need one button or snap and a piece of 1/2" elastic (optional).  If you are making a buttonhole to close the back of the top, you will also need a small piece of fusible interfacing.

5. You need to cut the front bodice on the fold.  You should have one cut from your main fabric and one from the fabric you will use to line the top.

6. Cut 2 of the back bodice from your main fabric.  One should be a mirror image of the other i.e. flip your pattern over when you cut the second piece.  Repeat for the back bodice lining pieces.

7. Cut 2 button tabs

8. Cut the front skirt piece on the fold.  Repeat for the back skirt piece.

9. If you are doing an elastic bottom, cut one piece of 1/2" elastic to the following measurement:
  • 18 months - 23"
  • 2 - 24"
  • 3 - 25"
  • 4 - 26"
  • 5 - 27" 
  • 6 - 28"
  • 7 - 29.5"
  • 8 - 31"
  • 10 - 33"
  • 12 -  35"
Here's what all your pattern pieces should look like once they are cut:



Sewing the Izzy Top:

Tips:
All seam allowances are 3/8"
Clip all curves before turning right side out
Iron frequently - this isn't my favorite step, but it really does make a difference :)

9. Place bodice front and bodice backs right sides together and sew shoulder seams.  Press seams flat.  Repeat for lining.


10. If you plan to close the top with a button, you should add a piece of fusible interfacing to the back of one of the button tabs.  Place the button plackets right sides together.  Sew along the two longer edges and the curved side.  Trim close to the stitching line.  Turn right side out and press well.


11. Place button tab along the back right bodice 5/8" from the top with the raw edges lined up.  Sew a line of basting stitches 1/4" from the edge.


12.  Place bodice and lining right sides together and pin along the back openings, neckline and armscyes.  Sew along pinned edges.


13.  Clip curved edges and corners and turn right side out.  Press well.


14. Lay the bodice flat with the lining sides together.  Along one side seam, lift the main fabric from the front and the main fabric from the back and pin the entire seam right sides together, main fabric to fabric and lining to lining.  Sew seam.


15. Repeat on the other side seam.  The bodice is now complete :)


16. Place the front and back skirt pieces right sides together and pin the side seams.


17. Sew and serge/finish the seam.  Fold under 1/4" and then 3/4" along the bottom of the skirt.  This will form either the hem or the elastic casing.


18. Sew close the the edge of the hem.  If you are not using elastic, skip to step 19. If you adding elastic to the hem, leave a 1-2" opening.  Then thread the elastic through the opening, overlap the ends 1" and sew together using a zigzag stitch.  Then sew the hem opening closed.
 

19. Mark the center of the front bodice and the center of the front and back skirt pieces.  Gather the top of the skirt (using the gathering method of your choice) to approximately the same size as the bodice.  This makes it easier to pin in the next step.  If you are not familiar with gathering, here is an excellent YouTube video that uses the same gathering technique that I use.


20. Pin the bodice to the skirt right sides together matching side seams and center marks and evenly distribute the gathers.  Make sure to keep the back bodice pieces flush to each other so there is no gap when the top is finished.  It may be helpful to baste the backs together before pinning, but it is not necessary. 


21. Sew and serge/finish the seam.  Be sure to remove any visible gathering threads if necessary.


22. Turn top right side out, press the seam up (I usually just finger press on this step) and topstitch the bodice about 1/8" away from the edge


23. Add your button hole/stud half of the snap to the back tab and the button/socket half of the snap to the other side.


That's it!  Easy as pie, but unfortunately not as tasty ... although the cuteness might make up for it :) As always, please email me or leave a comment if you need clarification on anything found in this tutorial.  Or if I made any errors, which is not only possible, but likely!  Or just email me or comment for the fun of it.  I like that too :)


Materials:

Blue Shirt
   Main fabric - Joann's
   Lining - that info is lost in the remnants of time :)
   Tab - Cloud 9 Fabrics from Joann's

Floral Top
   Main fabric - Birch Blossom by Alexander Henry
   Lining & button tab - Red micro dot from Joann's

107 comments :

  1. Oh, I love this... My one and a half year old needs one of these and I will size up for the other girls, because they will actually ask for one too... Thank you for being such an inspiration and so generously sharing!

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    1. I'm glad you like it. Let me know how it turns out!

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  2. The Izzy Top is just adorable!!! I love the curved bodice and the option to finish with elastic. I would love you to share this tutorial and any others, at our Ongoing Sewing Link Parties...
    http://www.threadingmyway.com/p/threading-your-way.html

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    1. Thanks! Once I get my tutorials page cleaned up I will add a link :)

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  3. This is seriously cute. Thanks so much for sharing. I've recently offered my first pattern too, for a blazer. It's a size 2 also, if you're interested. You can find it here: http://houseofestrela.blogspot.pt/2013/10/the-spring-blazer-free-pdf-pattern-day.html

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    1. Thanks for the link Magna! I already had the blazer on my list of things to sew :) If only there were more hours in the day!

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    1. I'm thinking about releasing the pattern in more sizes since people seem to like it :) Let me know if you end up making one. I'd love to see pictures!

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  5. thank you, LOVE this. first one is already in progress - I can see that this is a pattern is one I'm going to make up a lot, so glad I came across this blog via pinterest :-) I am having trouble understanding instruction #14 however, could you clarify? I guess I can figure out my own way of completeing the bodice though. Thanks again!

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    1. Lay the bodice flat. Along the left side seam lift just the main fabric of the front bodice leaving the lining laying flat. Then life the main fabric from the back bodice leaving the lining laying flat. Now the front and back lining pieces should be right sides together and the front and back main fabric should be right sides Pin and sew the seam. You may just have to try it a few times until you figure it out. I know I did :) But once you get it, it's a really easy way to finish the bodice side seams. This is where I learned: http://kitschycoo.blogspot.com/2011/03/tutorial-how-to-fully-line-bodice.html

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  6. Hi Teri, Thanks! I figured it out once I realised what we were looking to achieve. I have finished my first top so thought I would give you some feedback. Firstly the top is ridiculously cute and I'm already mentally running through my fabric inventory for what other combinations and variations I'm going to sew up. Secondly, I think there may be some sizing/printing issues? Maybe this will become clearer when some others comment on their experience? My first attempt while very cute is much too small for my 15 month daughter, I would guess size 6-9 months. I printed at 100% scaling but didn't do the measurement checks you have in your tutorial! I have reprinted at 140% which gives me almost bang on 1" test square but throws some of the pieces over the margins - so I will need to draw some of the pieces myself using the smaller pieces as a guide. And one last thing, on google docs when I hit print all of the text on the pieces disappears, its not a big deal it can be written on by the person printing it - but you have made the effort to make them look all professional. Anyways, I hope this is helpful to you and thanks again for sharing the patten.

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    1. Goggle Docs is something of a pain! If you download it and open it in Acrobat Reader and select the no scaling option, then the entire pattern will print correctly, text and all. I need to find a new way of allowing people to download the pattern so it always prints correctly :)

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    2. I added directions to the post letting other people know to download the pattern before printing. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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  7. Hello Teri, thank you for your generosity, this pattern is so darling. My granddaughter is going to be 4 next month & would love to see this in larger sizes. Will you be releasing this pattern anytime soon, if so, I would love to purchase this with various sizes. Thank you & God bless...Renee A ;o)

    reneeadavis@yahoo.com

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  8. Thank you so much for the free pattern. It is so adorable cant wait to make it.

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  9. Love this! I am going to see if I can make it work for my size 6 little girl. Thanks, Teri.

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    1. There is a little leeway in sizing due to the style. Let me know how it goes!

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    2. I am going to try for a size 6 too. My daughter still loves girly stuff :)

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  10. I can't believe I haven't seen this adorable top before today!!! Thank you so much, I can't wait to make one for my 5 y/o!

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  11. Hi Teri, thank you so much for sharing this wonderful pattern!! I am new to sewing and I have a question: is the SA already included in this pattern?
    Thank you,
    Ann

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    1. 3/8" seam allowances are included :)

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    2. Thank you!
      I am making one in fleece, and I will let you know how it turns out.

      -Ann

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    3. Hi Teri,
      I just finished sewing the Izzy top for my daughter. I used hot-pink fleece, nice and soft.
      I took the liberty to lengthen the sleeves, as it is meant to be worn in the cold season.
      I do not have a blog, so I cannot post a picture, but it is really cute and I would like you to see the final result.
      Thanks again for the pattern! I want to make more versions with different fabrics.

      --Ann

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    4. I would love for you to share in my Flickr group:

      http://www.flickr.com/groups/climbingthewillow/

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  12. Thanks for this free pattern Teri. I'll definitely be making one. Had I seen your blog before I'd be happy to be one of your testers. Only change I might do is to lengthen the back opening so its easy to get in and out of my lil ones head. I dont know how I'd do it though. :).

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    1. It seems like a pretty generous head hole already but if you wanted more room you could always cut the back dress portion into two pieces (instead of cutting on fold) just make sure you add an extra 3/8's seam allowance on each piece. When you are sewing the two pieces together just leave an 2 inch gap ( or whatever you need) at the top where you will attach to bodice. Sorry if that is a little confusing. I've seen the technique used on cottage mamas free party dress pattern if you needed more of an explanation.

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    2. Thanks for the feedback! I don't have a specific solution to making the opening wider, although I'm sure I can come up with something if you need it :)

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    3. Thank you Melissa and Teri. Its generally quite a struggle to get woven garments in and out, so was thinking to make it easier. :) Will try to find cottage mama posts on this.

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  13. Love it! Just made one and I'm sure I'll be making many more! Thanks so much!

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  14. Looks super cute!! I'm having NO luck even getting the link to open (behind a firewall). Is anyone able to email me the pdf please? jodies dot inbox at gmail dot com

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  15. Thanks for the free pattern!! I LOVE the look of this, perfect for spring and summer wear. I can't wait to make a few for my little grand daughter, thanks again.

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  16. I love this top! The pattern was fantastic and I was able to follow it with ease. The fit on my daughter was great at 18 months and hope to make a 4T soon! Thanks so much!

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    1. Is there a way to make this into a dress?

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    2. You can just add length to the skirt portion like I did in this post:

      http://www.climbingthewillow.com/2013/10/kcw-day-7-izzy-dress.html

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  17. I love, love, love this pattern! I've made 1 so far and have another cut out for my 3 year old granddaughter. Her sister wants one too but she takes a size 7. Are you going to release larger sizes? I would be the first in line to purchase it! Please let me know if you do. Thank you so much in advance tals1992@yahoo.com

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    1. I will release larger sizes within the next couple of weeks :)

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  18. dropping by to say THANK YOU I have already made 2 tops for my daughter and will make a hole bunch more. I will certainly purchase an adult version in size 14 please please with a cherry on top ;) Also I think you should create a flickr page to showcase all the cute variations. THANKS AGAIN

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    1. I do actually have a flickr group which I obviously don't ever talk about on the blog :) Here's the link: http://www.flickr.com/groups/climbingthewillow/

      Please don't stop buying other patterns while you wait for an adult version ... it would be a really long wait :) Adult patterns really aren't my thing - sewing or designing! I like cute little clothes that don't use much fabric :)

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  19. You are amazing! Thank you for making this awesome free dress pattern! I'll have to make one for my oldest grand daughter (2 years).

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  20. I love this... would this be easy to make larger? My daughter is a size 7-9 and this is something that she would love. I am trying to get back into sewing after having to take some time off. You have some super cute stuff!

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    1. The Izzy Top will be released in sizes 6 - 12 in about a week :)

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  21. Love this pattern! Thank you so much for sharing! Here is a fun colorful butterfly print one I made for my almost-3-year-old. She loves it! http://sleepingisforsissies.blogspot.com/2014/01/back-in-saddle.html

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  22. I love this top! I have a thing for curved bodices, they just look so cute on kids (I could never pull it off :P). I wish I had checked for the other sizes before cutting the 2 out but now I have an excuse to make another! Here's the one I made: http://buttonbridge.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/izzy-top-by-climbing-the-willows/
    Thank you for sharing the pattern!

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    1. I love the one you made! And I know what you mean about not pulling off a curved bodice - I wouldn't voluntarily get anywhere near one :)

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  23. Do you have any plans to draft this in an adult sizes? So cute, but I have NO girls. :-(

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    1. Sorry, I don't have any plans for adult sizes. I generally only sew kids clothes :)

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  24. I am interested in knowing how many inches you would add to make it a dress. I love the top, but also think this would be super cute in a dress! Please e-mail me at sarahandaddison@yahoo.com with details. Thanks :)

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    1. The amount you should add will vary depending on the size and the length dress you want. I would recommend measuring a dress that you like the length of, comparing it to the pattern pieces and adding the difference. I added 6" for the size 2 I made here:

      http://www.climbingthewillow.com/2013/10/kcw-day-7-izzy-dress.html

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  25. Thanks for sharing. It's really a cute top. If you need a pattern tester, please contact me.

    Deborah
    sewmuchtogive.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Deborah, but I have all the pattern testers I need for now :)

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  26. Thank you so much! It is beautiful and so fun to sew, I've made some for my almost 3 year old and so looking forward to making one for my 7 year old and I was wondering if I could make a few to sell?

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    1. You are more than welcome to sell as many as you can make :)

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  27. I'm a bit of a novice and not sure how to increase the pattern for the size 3- and also not sure what the 1" square means! Thanks

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    1. You need to download the version that includes sizes 18 months - 5. Here's the correct link:

      https://www.dropbox.com/s/d8it56eytt5fwxu/ctw%20Izzy%20Top%2018mos-5.pdf

      Once you download the pattern and print it there will be a 1" square that you can measure to make sure the pattern printed out at the right size.

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    2. Great......it makes sense now! Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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  28. Thank you so much for the pattern; very kind of you to show us how to sew this top.
    Kind regards
    Marie
    Belgium

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    1. You're welcome! I hope you enjoy sewing it!

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  29. Thank you! This pattern has been a craze on a facevook group I belong to! We all love it. Thank you for the pictures makes it very easy to follow

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  30. I'm finally going to make one of these this week! I've been loving all of the ones I've seen out there so it's very exciting. Now to make the big decision whether to bubble the band or not :) Thanks Teri!

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    1. I love important sewing decisions like that! I often end up making more than one option on many patterns since I see so many possibilities :)

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  31. Hi there! I was just letting you know I love this pattern and I have what I made posted on my blog!
    http://sewcrazyaboutcrafting.blogspot.com/2014/02/my-take-on-izzy-top.html
    Keep up the fabulous work!
    -Ashleigh

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    1. I love the fabric you used and your daughter is absolutely adorable! She has one of the best smiles I've ever seen! Thanks for sharing

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  32. I whipped one of these gals up this morning. I love it.

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  33. Just made this in pink polka dot and it turned out beautiful. Thanks for your clear and easy to understand instructions. Will be making more of these. Chris

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    1. Please post a picture to the Flickr group if you can:

      http://www.flickr.com/groups/climbingthewillow/

      I love seeing what other people make!

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  34. Do you have this is smaller sizes? Like the 3 months to 12 months?

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    1. Sorry, but I don't. At this time, I don't plan to expand the sizes available.

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  35. Thanks SO much for sharing this pattern! So lovely - I love the rounded yoke. Just added my photos to your Flickr page - there are certainly some darling ones there already!

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    1. I love your pictures! Thanks for sharing. You have a beautiful daughter!

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  36. Thank you for sharing! It's just what I was looking for.

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    1. Thanks! You seriously have just about the best blog name ever! And I'm pretty sure I'm going to be making a Loch Ness monster this weekend after spending some time on your site :)

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  38. I featured a review of your pattern and tutorial over on my blog Knot Sew Normal. Thanks for sharing such an awesome pattern. I am looking forward to using this one for years to come! http://knotsewnormal.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/still-a-little-under-the-weather/

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  39. Sharon OyetundeMay 9, 2014 at 5:08 AM

    This pattern looks adorable but I can't work out how to get it to print to the right size. I see you suggested someone else print it from adobe using a no scale option, but where is this please :)

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    1. After you download the pattern from Craftsy, you should open it with Adobe Acrobat. Then when you get to the print screen, depending on the version of Acrobet you are using, there is either a check box that says "no scaling" or a place to chose "print actual size." Either of the options should result in a correctly printed pattern.

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  40. This looks darling - I haven't sewn in years but am looking for some easy patterns to make for my granddaughter. I'm going to start tomorrow with this one!

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    1. Let me know how it goes :) You are also welcome to add a picture to the Flick group when you are done:

      https://www.flickr.com/groups/climbingthewillow/

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  41. Teri, I LOOOOVEEEE this pattern!!! <3 <3 <3 I so want it for myself!! :-D :-D :-D *loool* Since I have two boys at home I totally need to find a sweet little girl to sew this top for!!

    Thank you so much for sharing!!

    Greetz from Germany!
    Sanni (c:

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  42. Thank you so much Teri for this pattern! I made it as a dress and I don't know which is cuter. This pattern is so easy and quick. I will be making lots of these as tops and dresses. Thank you for the time you put into this one, well worth it :)

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    1. You're welcome! I'm glad you like the pattern :)

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  43. Love your pattern! I'm going to make one. Or two, if I plan my cutting properly. Just wondering where you found the awesome snap?

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    1. The snap is from Kamsnaps.com - great snaps :)

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  44. I sewed up this top and blogged about it here: http://recentlyrisa.blogspot.com/2014/07/patriotic-separates.html

    I love this top and I'll be making many more! Great job with this pattern.

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  45. hi, I have printed the pattern out from Adobe but it is too small and suggestions :-S

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    1. Make sure you choose either the "no scaling" or "print actual size" option in Adobe before printing. Do not select any options with the words fit or shrink. Let me know if that helps.

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  46. Thank you so much for such a wonderful and FREE pattern! I needed to make my daughter (3T) some clothes and was able to make one with some scraps I had. Your instructions are so clear and easy to follow, I didn't have to take anything out or redo anything (unusual for me!). Thanks!!!

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  47. Loved this one. I have fabric and my baby girl is ready to wear it. But I think I am very unlucky to get this cute pattern. I cannot even open the link..:-(

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    1. Email me and I will be happy to send you a copy of the pattern! You can find my email address on the About Me page.

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  48. Thank you so much for this. The pattern pieces fit together perfectly and the top really is quite easy and quick to make.

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  49. Made this top for my g'daughter and added flat piping. Used a fabric with a border & it turned out so pretty. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern & instructions.

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  50. Hello,
    I have already downloaded the size 6-12 patterns wondering about the sizes. Than I saw that you also offer one for baby girls, but I can not downlaod the pattern. The site is not found.
    Is there a chance for me to get the small version as well? I don't trust myself to make the other one smaller :(
    Thanks
    kati

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    1. Email me at the email address provided on the About Me page and I will send you the pattern.

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