Summer Tops for F

During Eater break we had some lovely warm weather and that was when we realised that F had barely anything to wear!

As usual in the UK, the good weather did not last long and it gave me the perfect time to sew a few tops for F. I also realised that she is growing out of quite a lot of the girls’ patterns I own, as well as some of my Japanese Sewing Books…

Also, I wanted to use some fabric scraps with less than one metre each, that were left from previous projects and these tops proved to be the perfect project for the effect.

The first top I made was the Eloise Gathered Top by Townmouse Patterns. I’ve made this pattern before, three years ago for M and really like it but, unfortunately, F has now outgrown it. To make it work for her I used the size 8 (her chest measurement) and added 5 centimetres to the length.


The fabric is Liberty Tana Lawn in Betsy Denim from Stragier. This print/colour is so beautiful! I also added a cotton lace trim to the front to add some interest. Not that it needed, as both print and fabric are quite beautiful but, I just couldn’t help it.


The second top is also a repeat from one I’ve made previously for F. It is the “Le Haut à Encolure Volantée” from the book “Nouveaux Intemporels pour Enfants”. I made a size 8 for width with 10 for height.


This time, she chose the fabric and picked a Liberty Tana Lawn Ella and Libby bought ages ago (literally). Such a summery print!


The last top is a really lovely top from the Japanese book “A Sunny Spot”, pattern #10. This is a simple boxy top with just a couple pattern pieces, however, the elastic at the armhole gives it a cute look and adds some interest. I really like how it turned out, simple but cute.


Of course, I had to use F’s favourite print/colour, Liberty Tana Lawn in Capel mustard. I made the size 140 thinking that it would be fairly large on her as she is not 140cm tall but was surprised to find out that it fitted rather well.


All the tops can be easily paired with jeans, shorts or skirts, so that they will have plenty of use and as I made the tops on the large side, fingers crossed, they will last until the end of this summer!

Isabella flutter sleeve top

In five weeks the Summer holidays start and the girls’ wardrobe is almost complete. Still there are a couple (maybe a little more!) things I want to make but other than that it’s almost ready. We can’t wait for the good weather because, so far, we almost haven’t used light clothes this year!

After making the Eloise top for M, I had to try the Isabella for F. In fact, this top was requested by her, some time ago, when she saw the one Ana Sofia made for her daughter, in my Pinterest. She even said she wanted the exact same fabric, but her luck didn’t went that far. 😉




F is between sizes 6 and 8 for height but I decided to try the 6 and not size up because if it happened to be too short, M could always use it. So, I made size 6 for height with size 4 for width and I am pleased with the fit.




The pattern is not complex, the instructions are good and the details make this blouse beautiful and perfect for Summer. No need to say that the flutter sleeves are my favourite part of this pattern.




The fabric I used is Michael Miller Lattice Cotton Eyelet Aqua from here and the colour is so beautiful that I regret not having bought more! For the neck binding I used a Liberty print, as well as for the armhole facing, but that is not visible. 😉




This pattern also comes with a variation for an inset ruffle, instead of the flutter sleeves, that looks adorable. Will have to try that one too, another time.

Have a lovely week! 🙂

The Eloise gathered top for M

After some lovely sunny days, the sun seems to have gone somewhere else, but in the meantime we sure enjoyed the good weather. To enjoy the good weather even more M wore the new top I made for her a couple of weeks ago.

The pattern the Eloise gathered top from Townmouse patterns. I’ve been following Townmouse on Flickr since I started sewing and love Kristine’s style so when I saw the lovely versions Ana Sofia made I was completely convinced and just had to make a couple for my girls.



For M I made a size 6 for length with size 4 for width and the fit is good and still are room to grow and play freely. There is nothing wrong with the pattern is just that M’s chest measurements fall between size 1 and 2 years old! My girls are growing but it looks like they only grow upwards!



One of my girls’ favourite things to do is gardening especially the part that involves water! After watering the plants they always make sure they water themselves as well. 🙂 They really make the most out of the sunny days.



The fabric used is Michael Miller Lattice Cotton Eyelet bought here over a year ago and that was patiently waiting for some nice pattern to be used on. I think this colour will look even better when M get some more sun and her skin gets a nice tan colour.


The top was made without any change to the pattern, the instructions are great and the construction is very clever so that there are no visible seams, just how I like it! 🙂

I believe that there is no need to say that the cute gathered sleeves are my favourite part along with the clean finishing.