This top has fabulous vintage-style appeal, and now you can make one for your little girl, or a dozen for all the girls in the neighborhood. The top features a rounded yoke at the neck, button shoulders and contrast band at hem. Choose your favorite two fabrics, and get to sewing! This is the top she'll wear all Summer, and love it so much she'll wear it through the Winter layered over a white tee and jeans. This pattern includes instructions for sizes 2 through 7, with options for lengthening top into dress if desired.
My intent with this pattern is to make sewing stylish children's clothing more accessible to those who are newer to sewing. In this tutorial, the photographs take you through the construction step-by-step, and the directions are written in plain language that is easy to understand. My goal is that you have a pleasant sewing experience, and end up with a garment you'll be proud to have your child wear.
17 pages of step-by-step instructions, over 50 instructional photographs, and a 6 page pattern supplement.
What you’ll need:
- main fabric – ½ yard lightweight woven cotton
- Dress for size 4-5 and 6-7 requires 2/3 yard main fabric.
- contrast fabric – ½ yard lightweight woven cotton
- fusible interfacing – just a tad, about 1 inch by 10 inches
- four buttons (I use 5/8” size)
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Martin, Eva - May 16th, 2013
Great top or dress.
W. Daniels - April 22nd, 2013
Love, love, love this pattern! Super easy and super cute! I made a dress for my niece and have another cut out and ready to sew!
mamamax - April 19th, 2013
Fantastic pattern - I bought it in both sizes!! :) Thank you!!
Wiebe, Tamara - April 14th, 2013
This is a great pattern. Easy to make, excellent instructions and great style. Looks adorable on.
Cheryl V. - April 3rd, 2013
I love this pattern. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. It can be worn a long time, first as a dress, then a tunic and then a top. Very good pattern.
Sharon, Dee - March 28th, 2013
PATTERN IS ADORABLE. EASY TO PUT TOGETHER.
clay, mandi - March 25th, 2013
Isaiahs Grandma - March 16th, 2013
Love this pattern. I have used it several times already!
thorpe, stephanie - March 1st, 2013
Cute dress and very simple to make.
Oliveira, Juliana - February 8th, 2013
Made this as a knock off for an expensive brand name kids clothing dress, from their holiday line. Not only did I save $40, But people couldn't tell the difference!! I was thrilled :)
Wright, Danica - February 2nd, 2013
So Cute! I can't wait to make more. Comes together with ease. Love that I can mix and match fabrics.
Aerybeth - January 12th, 2013
love wish you'd up the size to a 10/12!! my daughter is growing and still loves this style top!!
Maynard, Stephanie - December 31st, 2012
I loved this pattern. It was easy to follow and turned out so cute. I love that you can use it for a shirt or a dress
Tkach, Connie - December 19th, 2012
This this Classic Style and Thanks for the Great instructions made and tunics!
West, Mickie - December 14th, 2012
Fast and easy summer top or dress.
winkel, april - November 27th, 2012
very easy pattern and great dress.
Scherrer, Ivy - November 7th, 2012
I have made 2 tops and 4 dresses. Easy to follow and versatile pattern. Use corduroy for winter dresses/shirts and cotton for summer. With sizes 2-7 you can use it for many years.
Carriles, Deborah - September 16th, 2012
Cute pattern! Does it come in adult sizes ;-) ...Deb
Sole - August 4th, 2012
I love this pattern, I made a dress and a top already and I just finished cutting another one because my daughter loved it so much. I'm thinking of making a corduroy version for winter!
Pelphrey, Michelle - July 21st, 2012
Love this top! Always gets compliments!
Martelle, Tammy - July 3rd, 2012
This was a wonderful pattern. There are so many ways this little top/dress can be worn. If only there was a pattern for me.
Wright, Vaughn - June 27th, 2012
This was a great patter. Very easy to foll and went together perfect.
Glenn, Tiffany - June 27th, 2012
Very clear instructions. I love these in the summer for birthday gifts- adorable and too cute to add a monogram along the bottom
Carlile, Lela - June 23rd, 2012
Great pattern. Love the style.
Barron, Alice - June 12th, 2012
I love this pattern! It turned out great and my daughter loved it too. I really like the uniqueness of it.
Keegan, Poppy - June 3rd, 2012
My daughter wore this as a dress and then as a top as she got taller and now it has been handed down to a younger cousin. We always receive compliments with this pattern, cute and classic. Nice, thorough instructions.
Emily C. - May 16th, 2012
This looks hard, but it is really a very fast and easy top. That reminds me - it is time to make another one.
smith, paula - May 14th, 2012
Oh wow! I had forgotten about this pattern until I ran across a top I had made for my daughter. I love the round neck top and sundress. Now I know what I am going to do with that new fabric. This is a fantastic pattern with great instructions.
Fouts, Lisa - May 14th, 2012
Great top pattern! Easy to make!
litteken, amber - May 11th, 2012
Cutest top in the world my daughter loves wearing it and I really enjoyed making it
Sharon S. - April 16th, 2012
I've lost count how many of these I have made for my granddaughters! They (and their moms) just love them. And yes, they do continue to wear them as tops prolonging their use for another year or two! Easy to put together too.
LENG, DONNA - April 11th, 2012
Such a terrific pattern! I had bought and tried another round neck pattern from another designer and it didn't fit at all but this one turned out lovely - Used three times alreasy and i can't wait to use it again :o)
MLB - April 9th, 2012
Cute and easy to follow!
Southern Babies - April 4th, 2012
Fabulous top and dress. So versatile. Would love to see this in larger sizes.s
Thompson, Jackie - March 30th, 2012
Very cute and easy to make!!
Graves, Candace - March 24th, 2012
This top turned out really cute. I didn't have any problems following the pattern.
Costa, Vanessa - March 21st, 2012
Have made several in top and dress length this makes the perfect top or dress for Spring and Summer! Very easy to follow~
Tummonds, Jessica - March 18th, 2012
Absolutely the cutest dress pattern. Very easy to follow!!
SAVOIE, JEANIE - March 16th, 2012
Pattern was very easy to follow! I made a few tops and a couple of dresses from this pattern and my girls love them!
Jjams - March 2nd, 2012
Very cute top and easy to make. I've gotten so many compliments on the ones I've made and I will continue to make them!
Stockton, Rebekah - February 13th, 2012
This is a great pattern. The instructions are clear, and you can achieve different looks with different fabrics.
Fowler, Melissa - February 11th, 2012
A terrific pattern! I had brought and tried another round neck pattern from another designer and it didn't fit at all but this one turned out lovely and I can't wait to use it again :)
Philley, Jennifer - February 7th, 2012
I am always looking for an excellent pattern, but not time consuming since I make 4 at a time for our 4 precious girls! Great job - love the versatility!
King, Amy - January 31st, 2012
I adore this pattern! So easy to make a top or dress. Simple pattern, lots of photos!
Miles, Stephanie - January 25th, 2012
This is one of my fave patterns. The round neck top is simple to make but oh-so-cute. My daughter always gets compliments when she wears a top made from this pattern.
Burdick, Cindy - January 22nd, 2012
I have made many of these as tops & dresses & I would definitely recommend this pattern. The instructions are easy to follow and the tops always turn out so cute.
Kristy'sCraftyCloset - January 21st, 2012
I have made TONS of these. They are so sweet and easy to make.
vargas, kristina - January 18th, 2012
This turned out so cute. The neckline was tricky the first time but after that I was hooked. Ive used it to make tops and dresses.
Thompson, Janice - January 16th, 2012
One of my favourites. Love the classic vintage style and the ease with which it went together!
Peppermint Street Boutique - January 12th, 2012
This was very easy to make. I made it in soft fabrics and my daughter wore it as a nightgown in the summer. I'd love this in an adult size, too!
seaman, teresa - January 12th, 2012
Melissa B. - January 7th, 2012
This pattern was the second top I had ever sewn. I love it and it's sized such that my daughter was able to wear it for several years. Absolutely one of my favorites.
JanieP21 - January 5th, 2012
Gorgeous dress and pattern. Looks so cute! The round neck was a little tricky but I just took it slow. I can see my little girl wearing her dress and then as a top later. So cute!
Poppy - August 1st, 2001
I will be making several of these. The instructions and pattern are fantastic. It looks great with all kinds of fabrics and there are so many ways you can personalize and embellish!
Natalie Mardon - August 1st, 2001
I just LOVE this dress! The pattern and instructions were easy to follow and it gives fabulous results! Everyone wants me to make them one! My only problem is it doesn't go down to teeny baby sizes (and I'll have to use my brain to draft it). Thankyou!
julie reed - August 1st, 2001
This is the best pattern I have bought on this site. The directions are simple and clear. I loved it I wish you had more ofher patterns:)
Lisa Franklin - August 1st, 2001
This pattern was super easy and turned out so cute. I made 2 at the same time and plan to make several more for the spring/summer. I had made a pattern similar to this using a commercial pattern last year and although it also turned out cute, she outgrew the pattern this year. With this pattern, you get several sizes for the same price as one size with the commercial patterns. Also, this one was a little easier to make and I love how you can use a rotary cutter to cut some parts out (makes it so fast). It fits very well and looks cute.
Frankie Joyce Head - August 1st, 2001
I, bought this pattern hoping it would be easier than a similar commercial one I bought and made with a zipper(yuck). I have to say I was very happy. I have made it several times now and in several sizes. Everybody wants one, so I make them for gifts. I have a whole bunch of material ready to make more. Thanks for the pattern.
Vistra Knox - August 1st, 2001
Makes a beautiful top or dress I really recommend this pattern and its easy.
Clodagh Cahill - August 1st, 2001
This was a dream to make. I have had many comments on how sweet my little girl looks. I plan to make a dress with this pattern next. Making the round next may take just a wee bit of practice for a newbie beginner but I will guarantee you by the second or third one it will look like it came out of some fab children's boutique. More patterns please ;-)
Leigh Sherrod - August 1st, 2001
I am very new to sewing clothes despite sewing diapers for a while now. This pattern is very easy to understand! There are fantastic instructions and sew a long pictures. I made a dress for my best friend's little girl and everyone loved how it turned out! Thank you!!! I can't wait to make more!
mommy in miami _monica - August 1st, 2001
GREAT pattern. easy to follow directions, with photos to help. Excellent Value. Made the cutest top for my daughter and plan on making more. With the extra sizes included i'll also be able to make one for my niece.
Sarah - August 1st, 2001
Great pattern! Well drafted, true to size, and very clear instructions. The finished product looks great and is so quick and easy. I have many more planned!!
D - August 1st, 2001
i LOVED this pattern...i have made several shirts for my daughter... she loves them too! Highly recommend!!! well written and easy to follow!!!!
Julie R - August 1st, 2001
Easy directions to follow. Well written pattern. Thank you!
Crystal - August 1st, 2001
I loved using this pattern. It was easy to understand and had lots of pictures. I plan on using many more times.
Megan - August 1st, 2001
This is an awesome and easy pattern! Highly recommend!
paula smith - August 1st, 2001
I love the round neck look! I purchased this pattern yesterday knowing that my baby isn't big enough yet and really not sure if the pattern would be big for my 8 year old. Boy, am I glad I did. The top I made for my 8 year old fits just fine and turned out so pretty. I'll submit a picture soon. The directions and pictures were easy to understand. I'm looking forward to making many more of these for my daughters and neices. Great pattern... I highly recommend.
Monica Vance - August 1st, 2001
This pattern is so easy to follow. It makes the cutest tops and dresses. I've already made 3 things for my daughter and I plan on making many more. Thanks for a great pattern.
Tammy P - August 1st, 2001
This was one of the easiest patterns to follow, lots of pictures and great directions. I have made 2 tops and plan on making a dress. very versatile. highly recommend this pattern, great for beginners.
Amy - August 1st, 2001
This makes an adorable top/dress! The instructions were very concise and clear. There were also lots of pointers included that I will apply to other sewing projects. Keep the good patterns coming...I would love this in my size!!
This pattern is for use only by the purchaser. Individual garments made using this pattern may be sold by independent seamstresses. Not for mass production.