Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Fallen Top {Free PDF Pattern}


Today's free pattern is not for a baby, surprise! I know free pattern week could have just been called free baby pattern week with all the baby goodness going on this week, but I was able to sneak in one non baby pattern. It's one of my favorite new tops for Abbey. With some falling triangles embroidered on the front, it has that "tribal" flair to it while still being very child friendly. 

 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)

So the pattern can be found HERE

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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11 comments:

  1. So cute! I just made my first Maggie Mae tunic and it is gorgeous! I'll be using that pattern again and again!

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  2. Absolutely ADORABLE! I love sewing and children's fashions but I never seem to find the time to sew a little something up for the kiddos. Your work is beautiful and your craftsmanship is impeccable. You make me want to run upstairs and hide in the studio until I can can create something new for them to wear! Oh and I feel like I have been around for so long watching Abbey grow up each time I see her sporting your new creations. Penny is going to be crazy styling with all of her big sister's clothes!!

    Amber

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  3. !!!Круто!! Спасибо)

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  4. This is adorable! I love the falling triangles and the color blocking. Don't you find your little Abbey looks very grown up now that you have a new little one? I remember how my 18 month old suddenly looked giant when I had his baby sister.

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  5. This is a gorgeous pattern. My daughter just turned 4 and looks to be a similar size so this pattern will be perfect for her. I might try and adapt it into a dress as my daughter rarely wears top. I'm assuming there is plenty of arm movement with this style of sleeve?

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  6. Bless her heart for modeling in the snow

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