So back when I tested the Maxwell Shirt pattern by Shwin & Shwin, I also tested the Every Little Thing Dress/Tunic pattern. I liked that it was a very simple and versatile pattern with potential for lots of remixes. But as a tester, I stuck to the pattern for the first one. I made size 12-18 month, which actually came out bigger than I was expecting – but it was a plus for me since it meant Yuki could wear it longer.
(I wish I could tell you about this fabric. I love it. I only had a tiny bit of it and I saved it forever waiting for the right project. Then I realized that Yuki was getting so big that I wasn’t going to be able to do much with that tiny scrap. I’m glad I finally used it. If I find more info about the fabric, I’ll update this later)
*Update: So the owner of the fabric shop that I got this fabric at said that it is Alexander Henry, though she doesn’t remember the name or line.*
The top has a lined bodice with a slightly gathered skirt piece. It can be made as a tunic or a dress and has instructions for pockets. It also has a large bow on the front.
The bow adds something fun and funky to the tunic, but is not totally my style. After I washed the top, the bow came out pretty wrinkly and I couldn’t figure out how to iron it out nicely, so I just picked it off and now Yuki wears it all the time without the bow. I do think it looks a little plain, like it could use a little something to add interest, but for now I’m happy with it like this.
(Recognize these $1 sandals?)
It’s a great little top that I imagine she’ll wear all season long and even into the fall/winter with a long sleeved shirt underneath.
And it’s nice having a standard lined bodice pattern that I know will fit and I can use for lots of different things. I made some adjustments for fit and shape and used it for the Double Ruffle Top and the red jumper for the Mei-chan outfit.
If you’re looking for a simple tunic or dress pattern, I would recommend this one. It’s definitely something that you can use over and over again. And learning how to make this kind of lined bodice with a button closure is very useful too. The PDF pattern is available for download for sizes 6-9 months through 4T and you can get it HERE.
Happy summer sewing! Can you believe it’s June already!??