Today is a little bit bitter sweet. It's hard to believe we have arrived at the end of an entire year in the A Year of Dresses series! But I'm excited to move on to some new Tie Dye Diva blogging adventures too, so don't worry, I'm not going anywhere! Today we are coming full circle and ending with a Big Bow Top and Dress (this time a top) just like I started with last April.
As I'm sure most of you know, the Big Bow Top and Dress is available as two seperate patterns: Big Bow Baby Dress and Top including sizes 0-24 months and Big Bow Top and Dress for Girls with sizes 2-8. This is one of those perfect patterns that you will come back to over and over again. It is a beginner level sewing pattern with no buttons or closures of any kind. The shoulder ties not only add a cute detail, but also make for an adjustable fit (Sweet Pea can still wear her Big Bow from a year ago, though it is shorter). And, it's a perfect pattern for wearing alone as well as layering so you will use it year round. Wear the bow in front or back, make a top or dress, and choose from regular hem, hem band, or ruffled hem!
I paired the Big Bow Top with Sterling Ruffled Shorties (the first pair of shorties I've made with the ruffles!) for a perfect summer outfit. Sterling Ruffled Shorties and Leggings include nine sizes from 12 months through girls 9/10; you'll use this pattern for years to come. The pattern includes full length leggings with single, double, or no ruffle options and ruffled shorties with single or double ruffle options. Also try hemming your shorties for perfect modesty shorts to wear under those summer dresses. Shorties are so quick and easy to sew, you'll wonder why you didn't make them earlier. And, if you have a difficult to fit child, you'll be in love! Sweet Pea is tall and skinny, so she is wearing a 12-18 month width (according to her hip measurement) with a 2T length. They are perfect!
For this top I used the Double Sided Bow Tutorial to make a two fabric bow with no hemming. This is the first time I have used this tutorial and I love the look. It was super quick and easy too! We will be grabbing this outfit all summer long. Most of Sweet Pea's mama made clothing is dresses right now, but I think we need to add a few more cute tops like this one.
Thanks for reading! One last time, here's your quick pattern rundown:
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