It has a color block element to the hem (which could easily be skipped as well) I also added the high front low back, which I have been itching to add to a top for awhile.
The top is loose and comfy and buttons down the back. (I love buttons)
I would say it is size 3T/4T Abbey is right in between those, she is pretty slim, in the arm and chest so if you are concerned about fit, I would just measure or compare the pattern to a top that fits to see if you need to add any room.
The cutting instructions are printed on the pattern, but I will share some notes along the way.
For starters cut the front out on the fold at the fold line. Then I fused some interfacing to the back so I could add embroidery.
You don’t have to add embroidery, a pocket would be super cute as well, oh like a little lace pocket… anyway I just traced some triangles and had them rotate in a falling pattern. Simple and done.
Now cutting the back pieces should be 2 inches wider and not cut on the fold. You will notice the front curves up and the back curves down.
Then sew the front and back pieces together at the shoulders with right sides together. Press the seam open.
Next with right sides together sew one cuff to each sleeve. then fold the bottom edge under 3/8 inch, press and then un fold it.
I know the picture shows the outside, but lets pretend it it the inside, with right sides together match up the front and back and then sew from the cuff edge to the arm pit and down the side. Clip the notch at the arm pit. Then turn the top right side out.
Re-fold the pressed edge of the sleeve and then turn the cuff in and top stitch along the folded edge to secure the cuff.
Next fold the back edges in 1 inch, top stitch to secure. Then sew buttons down one side and button holes down the other.
Next sew the facing pieces (which are cut from just the top part of the pattern labeled facing) together at the shoulder, much like you did for the top. Then turn the outside edge under and press. You could also serge, or zig zag stitch the outside edge if you rather.
Then with right sides together sew the facing to the neckline and sew down the back edge. Clip the corner and the curve.
Then turn the facing around to the back and top stitch in place.
Now for the color block pieces. Sew one front piece to two back pieces at the side seams. Then with right sides together sew the color block piece to the bottom edge of the top, matching up the side seams, the back may be longer than the top, which is fine just trim it to match.
Then sew the other color block front piece to the back pieces and with right sides together you are going to sew the color block piece to the color block piece already sewn to the top. You can see the sew line in the picture but you will sew along the bottom and side edges.
Then turn the piece around to the inside and topstitch in place.
That’s all there is to it. Simple and chic.
I love the high front and low back.
And of course I am a sucker for buttons going down the back.
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