A while ago I was scanning Etsy looking for a baby bonnet pattern when I ran across Jilly Atlanta’s shop. Not only did I think I needed her bonnet pattern, but I also felt that I may just need every Jilly Atlanta pattern : ).
Make it or buy it? I know most of us seamstress moms have thought this before. Every time I walk into the toddler clothing section of my local Target, I feel a little sad. Is this just me? My gosh, are those clothes cute? I start to wonder why exactly it is that I spend so much time and money making clothes for Mila when I can walk in there and buy them.... sometimes, maybe even spend a little less. But then, I find and make a pattern like the Marcelle Blouse, and I am reminded exactly why sewing is the choice for me. The design-it’s original and gorgeous! You can buy cute kid clothes at Target, but NOT like this!
Jilly was inspired to make this top from the idea of a shawl, and when Mila has her arms down, it looks like a cape. The pattern calls for lightweight fabrics, which give it that flowy, dreamy look. I used a floral gauze. Gauze is pretty forgiving and makes a good fabric for a beginner sewing this pattern. Everything came together very fast and was simple enough for a beginner to sew. Both the instructions and photos were clear.
I made Mila a size 2 and the fit was pretty right on, but I would bet she will be wearing this again next year as well due to the flowy nature of the design.
The designer has a personable writing style in the pattern- neither overly friendly or overly dry. Although the dedication is not part of the pattern instructions, I loved how sweet it is.
Fabric for top was from my local Hancock Fabrics
Boots- Childrens Place
Pants- Crew Cuts