I received Amy Butler’s Little Stitches for Little Ones this past Christmas from my sister-in-law, and have since looked through it nearly every night, planning projects for our little one. One of the first pattern’s I tabbed was this Easy Empire Waist top. I love that the top is obviously a girl’s top, without being too frilly. When I stumbled on some Anna Maria Horner Little Folks fabric at my local fabric shop, I knew it was time to start working on this. I bought the contrasting blue fabric at JoAnn’s a while back. It matches the blue in the Little folks fabric perfectly, and I love the contrast between the geometric and floral patterns.
I would not exactly call this pattern “easy”. The directions were a bit confusing to me at times, though I suppose I am used to seeing patterns in more of a “tutorial” layout with pictures as well as descriptions. I had to rip out a few seams, but all in all, I am very happy with the way this little project turned out. Also, I’m not sure I would call this a top…it seems more like a dress to me…
The original pattern has long sleeves, which I decided to leave off. Instead I chose to make some binding from the contrasting fabric to make the dress more summer friendly. Now that I got the hang of it, I may just have to make a second!
A little bit more about the book…Many of the projects are really darling, and I would make nearly every one of them. However, there are not as many clothing projects as I would have liked. Many of the projects are for room decor and toys. Also while there are a few clothing projects, many of them can pretty much only be used for girls. There are two dresses and one hat for a girl, as well as another hat, some pj’s, and booties that could be used for either a boy or a girl. Also, as I said earlier, the instructions can be a bit confusing at times because there are not many pictures of the process, but if you are really experienced in pattern reading this might not bother you at all.