Sewing for little girls is one of my most favorite things ever. So when I was offered the opportunity to review the Ruffle Top pattern from Elegance & Elephants, you better believe I was all for it! The name alone speaks to me….whenever I hear the word ruffle, my full attention is there.
I have a niece who is about 5 weeks older than my youngest, and I decided to make the tunic version of the pattern for her. Just as an fyi, the pattern comes with three different options: tunic, and two styles of dresses. You’re getting a lot for the price!
Of course I had my sister in law snap some pictures of my niece wearing the top. Isn’t she stinking adorable?
I decided to take a little liberty with the pattern and make it more Sumo-ish. Which naturally involves more ruffles. I added a little ruffle fabric boarder along the bottom of the tunic, and I really love how it looks. I did a small border so that it wasn’t too overwhelming.
Now you might be thinking that this looks like the dress version. Obviously the ruffle fabric makes it a bit longer, but my niece is only 17 months and I made her a 2T so that it will last longer.
Another thing I did differently is that I used ribbon for the ties. This is suggested for one of the dress versions, and I decided to do it for the tunic as well. Not because I don’t like fabric ties, but because I’m sort of lazy and don’t love making sashes and ties when I sew. (Don’t hate me, I’m just lazy!) I do love how the ribbon looks and adds a pop of color.
The last liberty I took was around the neckline. There is actually supposed to be a bias tape neckline, but I decided just to do a normal hem around the neck. I love how it looks!
One thing I really love about this pattern is the little cap sleeves underneath the ruffles. I’m not quite sure why, but for some reason, they make me really happy. The ties are great for giving the tunic a bit more shape, and I love the flared look around the bottom.
This pattern is so well written. It is easy to read and follow, and the pattern pieces were perfect. I’ll definitely be making more of these; now my girls need some!
Would you like to get your hands on this pattern?
Heidi from Elegance & Elephants is letting me give three copies away. Which means three winners!
Heidi is also offering a 10% discount on the Ruffle Top pattern. Use the code SUMO10OFF through tomorrow to take advantage of this! And don’t worry, if you win the giveaway, Heidi will refund your money. So there’s really no reason not to pick up this pattern!
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