We all know Heidi's style and impeccable sewing skills from her blog Elegance&Elephants. I fell in love with her classic designs that were always wearable and unique when I saw her on season 5 of PR&P. So I was over the moon excited when I was selected as one of the designers to test her FIRST pattern.
This pattern is available starting TODAY - and believe me it is one you do not want to miss out on! This is Heidi's Ruffle Top, but the pattern includes 3 variations - Tunic Top, A line Dress, and Swing Dress. I tested the tunic top and LOVE it. The ruffles are just too cute and the pattern is fairly quick to pull together - the top pairs perfectly with leggings or shorts, and I will probably pair it with ruffled bloomers for the summer. I think the swing dress version would be awesome for Easter or just a fun flirty dress.
I have made two versions of the top so far, and want to do another one in a knit (I just love the ease of knits for my babies). My first version is all one color made form a gorgeous brick red sheet (that got holes in it ;op) - the second version is two tone and I love how it accents the ruffles even more.
I made this one using 2 vintage fat quarters that my Aunt passed along to me when I started sewing for the kids this past summer. Heidi recommends 1.25 yards for the 18 month tunic - and you should always buy based on recommendations (there is self made bias tape involved in this pattern which does eat up more yardage). Luckily I was able to just eek out this top out of what I had.
(*this was a very quick photo shoot as it was only about 30degrees out - and baby girl had NO interest in looking at me, oh well)
(*And yes, these pictures were taken pre-breaking the leg, actually on the day she broke her leg ;op)
What I LOVE about this pattern:
-the instructions are clear and easy to follow and include a TON of photos
-the design is a little modern, a little vintage, and lends itself to tons of personalization!
-this is what I would call an advanced beginner pattern so virtually anyone can try this out.
-There are THREE variations within the pattern, 3 for 1 - what an awesome deal!
-OH, and while at the mall this weekend I saw a similar top at Gap kids for more than $25 (I don't remember the price and I couldn't find it online when I looked quick this morning)... so totally current style for a fraction of the price!!!!
Check out the pattern HERE!!!
*Here are a few snap shots of the first version I made