I was lucky enough to review a beautiful pattern by the Lily Bird Studio this week. It's the Sweet Allie Top and I love it!
The pattern comes with options to make a dress or a top. LOVE getting options with a pattern. It also goes from size 12 months to 10 years! It is made with woven cotton and there are charts for yardage for both the top and the dress. I would say it's an beginner/intermediate pattern.
The pattern has photos at EVERY step and I found the pattern very easy to follow. It is 47 pages long. The only negative is that there are a lot of pieces to cut out. It takes some time for sure, but I found that it sewed up very quickly and easily and was VERY pleasantly surprised. But all those pattern pieces mean it is a shirt with contrasting details and personality! There are 14 pattern pages to print out, match up, and tape together.
Lily Bird Studio includes directions on putting snaps on the front or buttons. I chose to pick from my button supply and do lots of different colored ones in pinks and purples. My daughter liked this and it makes the shirt unique!
It is an extremely sweet top that flares out at the bottom. I chose not to make the fabric belt and belt loops since I just loved the shirt as is, but the belt would be beautiful too. The directions to add this are very clear and easy.
The sleeves have a very modern and simple cuff that folds up and adds some nice detail and contrast to the sleeve.
This pattern is a HIT! It's very unique with the contrasting side panels and I love the simple collar, sleeves and flared waist.
I made a size 6 for my 6 year old daughter and found the fit to be perfect. She is on the small size and there was a lot of room in the top for her to grow into. I think the sizing was right on (length of top included).
This sums it up-LOVE!
I will be making this pattern in a dress next and definitely a lot more tops.
I have two wonderful kids, love living in Colorado, and adore to sew for them whenever I can. I have a blog, an etsy shop (where I sell custom girl bandana skirt sets, matching American Girl doll skirt sets, knot dress, purses and more) and Facebook page. Please visit me and say hi! Thanks for reading my review of such a cute pattern!!!! -ellen