Cute summer top

School will be starting soon, but it is definitely still summer in Ohio. It’s so hot and humid. This pattern will fit the bill for the (still) warm weather and into the fall with a plaid or rich fall colored fabric.

The pattern I used is discontinued but I will offer you a few alternatives in this pattern/sewing review–and tips and hints too. Let’s dive in.

Cute top for summer
Cute top for summer or fall

 

 

MATERIALS I USED:

  • McCalls pattern #M6019 (see alternative list in tip #1 below)
  • 1 1/8 yd. cotton fabric (size 3)
  • 4 yds. double fold 1/4″ bias binding tape
  • Scrap of fabric for optional pockets
  • Miscellaneous sewing tools: sewing machine, iron, scissors, pins

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIPS AND TRICKS:

1)Some alternatives for the pattern listed above are New Look #6441 and Simplicity #1118. Check pattern back for actual yardage needed.

2)Although you might not be able to see it in the picture, the bodice is too wide for my adooorrrrable granddaughter. She is an average size but I neglected to measure before I cut. ALWAYS a mistake, even for children’s patterns. I tried to fix it after the entire top was sewn but without success. It really needs to be taken apart entirely, but I don’t see that happening. Please measure!

3)The pattern called for sewing a tiny hem along the edges of the shoulder strap flounce and the bottom flounce. Instead of doing this, I sewed a bias tape on all these edges. I love the look of contrast color and thought this added a fun pop. A tip for adding the bias tape is to just go slowly with a narrow zig zag stitch, continually making sure the edges are fully covered.

4)My 2 1/2 year old model LOVES pockets. The pattern doesn’t include pockets, so I made my own by drawing a heart on a piece of paper. For each pocket, cut out two hearts. Sew with right sides together, leaving a 2 inch opening on one of the sides. Clip curves and point, turn right side out. Press. Pin and sew onto top, making sure to keep the upper edge free. You may use a square as a pocket shape if you wish; I used a heart because of the heart design on the fabric.

Finish hem with contrasting binding
Finish hem with contrasting binding
We love pockets!
We love pockets!
Cute, comfy summer top
Cute, comfy summer top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy sewing!!

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