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"
Sewing the Izzy Top:
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 :)
Main fabric - Joann's
Lining - that info is lost in the remnants of time :)
Tab - Cloud 9 Fabrics from Joann's
Main fabric - Birch Blossom by Alexander Henry
Lining & button tab - Red micro dot from Joann's