Monday, January 20, 2014

Izzy Top Pattern Tester

A few months back while looking through all the amazing pictures from Kids Clothes Week I came across the blog Climbing The Willow.  I immediately added it to my blog feed and have truly enjoyed seeing the cute clothes Teri whips up for her kiddos.  She offers many tutorials and tips to customize kids clothes.  When she announced that she was going to release her Izzy Top pattern in more sizes, I jumped at the chance to test it.  And I'm so glad I did.  Not only did I get to sew this adorable top, but it was the first time I've reached out to another blogger and she was kind enough to give me some helpful advice.

One of my goals this year is to sew more (and blog about it!), but also to use the fabric I have on hand.  This is already proving to be really hard, there is so much cute fabric in the world and so little time!  But when I started digging through my bins...again, I came across a vintage table cloth I picked up at a rummage sale last year.  I had always thought it would make a cute skirt or flowy top for my daughter.  I stared at the fabric for hours, no joke.  I was afraid to cut into it.  I had to be strategic because there were two stains and a hole in it (why did I buy it again?). I really wanted it to work and I was afraid I would mess it up.  I finally told myself to GET. OVER. IT.  I paid like $2 for the tablecloth, it was not worth the stress.  So I started cutting.

It was a little tricky to get the sides at the correct length and I only pricked my daughter with pins once...okay twice.  But she loves it, especially the way it balloons out when she twirls.  I did have to buy the royal blue fabric for the bodice, but it was worth it.  Her only request was to use a pink button next time, because she loves pink.

The Izzy Top pattern is very straight forward and a breeze to sew.  This would be a great project for anyone from beginners to more advanced and it allows for customization.  Mine ended up being a tunic length, but I think this would also be an adorable dress.  My favorite parts are the curved bodice and the single button closure in the back.  Buttons stress me out.  Definitely check it out along with her other free patterns.  Oh yeah, did I mention it was free!  She went through all the work of pattern grading and testing and who knows what else to offer this to the sewing community for free.  That's amazing!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I love it Kerry! Maybe I should start cutting into some of the vintage table clothes I own too :)

  2. I'm making one of these tops too. I love, love how you used a vintage table cloth.