If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you are well versed in how much I love versatility! Well today's review is no stranger. The Elise Top by Violette Field Threads has 12 written variations, and then plenty of room to still put your own stamp on the garment by creating more variations of your own! With long or short sleeves, this pattern will work year round; and with a size range of 6/12m-10y it isn't one your child will quickly outgrow. I have had this pattern in my stash for about a year now and I am ashamed that I took so long to pull it out and make it!
The main top is knit, so perfectly comfy for play; and the bib embellishments are made from wovens, the perfect place to use scraps or small pieces of a very special fabric.
I found the fit of the 2T to be spot on for my broad chested girl who wears a 2T in RTW with a bit of room to grow - this is not designed to be a tight fitting or clingy knit top, if you like that fit better, you can always size down.. The puffed sleeve adds that extra girly touch to separate this from other basic t-shirts. I love that the length comes to about low hip on my girl, making it perfect for either tucking in or leaving out. (I really really hate shirts that are too short and show the belly when she runs and plays).
The only tricky part in the construction is the bound neckline - the instructions are very clear, and if you have never done one before this is a skill you should definitely learn. The key is to go slowly, stitch carefully, and iron your bias tape VERY well before starting. I was rushing mine s bit so it isn't quite as perfect as I would like, but practice and patience make perfect!
(*The first image is modeled with the Whitney Pleated Trousers, also by VFT - the full review of the pants can be found HERE)
Here is Kara with a more in depth look at the pattern, and more variations on what can be done with it!