Here’s a gorgeous little tunic from another online pattern by Yeppar. It’s super easy as it comes with a fab tutorial, and has only four pieces. It takes hardly any fabric – I made these two tops from less than half a metre each, the red zigzag fabric was in a continuous piece measuring around a quarter of a metre, whereas the floral was made of offcuts from a one metre piece that I had already made a top out of for myself – so mummy and pickle can match! If you have an offcut around the size of a long quarter metre, this is a very simple way of using it up.
This is actually from a pattern for a toddler dress called Perry, but I made a mistake on the first one and didn’t add the required seam allowance to make it into a dress, but luckily it came out just about the right size to make it a top.
This is a gorgeous cotton poplin that I picked up from Ribbon Circus some time ago, I don’t remember the name (darn it), and I’m unable to get any more as they only stock a bolt at a time – which is a real shame as i thought this would look great for a dress for me! It’s a black and white fabric with pops of coral and cornflower blue, the kind of print that looks good on everybody.
This top is such a simple and easy pattern, which just involves a little bit of gathering on the sleeves and the main body of the skirt, and it would be super easy to alter if you wanted to by pleating the dress and making wider or narrower sleeves, ribbon ties or even cap sleeves. I’m going to be using this pattern as the basis for a customized dress in future.
This one’s made from a bolt-end of a cotton fabric called Brick Path Brown, a US import fabric by Michael Miller, which luckily was on sale. I think it’s a really versatile fabric, and I have enough of it to make at least another two dresses for the little one. I was a little concerned, having made these both too small for a dress, that her head wouldn’t fit through the head-hole, because it’s kinda hard to work out which is head and which is hair due! But luckily, it fit just fine, and it was so cheap to make that it doesn’t really matter if she grows out of it soon.
Here she is wearing it