I enjoyed making this top so much I wouldn’t have minded if the small one hadn’t liked it. Although she likes it very very much. Her criteria for liking clothes are simple: comfort and nice fabric. If I sew clothes in fabric she loves I’m pretty much onto a winner.
The fabric is a Merchant and Mills linen with a subtle metallic sheen. She’s eight, its sparkly, no brainer.
Its the sleeveless blouse, pattern F, from the Japanese sewing book: Linen, Wool, Cotton Kids by Akiko Mano.
I’m now obsessed with this book and want to sew everything in it. The patterns are beautiful and have details to elevate simple items into something special, like this cross-over back with a bow tie closure:
Small is 8 years old, and quite little for her age. I made the size 5, and I think its just right. The band at the bottom needs to be loose so she can get into it.
I like the armholes, not too gapey nor too tight. Its easy to get on and off, although I need to fasten the bow for her.
It was a slow sew. Very slow. Tracing the pattern onto some pretty wallpaper. Finding the complimentary fabric for the band/ties/binding. Painstakingly making bias binding out of a scrap of pink chambray, leftover from a favourite dress of mine.
I pleated the top instead of gathering it at the bottom because the linen was fraying and life’s too short. I like it, and I like the soft gathers in the pattern too, so I’ll try those next time.
Next time it won’t take more than about 3 hours I think, unless I try to defy the laws of physics and make it out of a postage stamp again.
I squeezed this top out of a tiny weeny bit of linen and cut leftover scraps of cotton fabric to make the facing, bottom band, bow and bias binding for the armholes.