Hellooooooo! Oh how the time flies, huh? Back-to-school season is always extremely busy around here for two educators. Throw in a couple of birthdays, an almost 3 year old and a rapidly approaching due date and you’ve got about 2 months of madness.
But when my good friend, Delia, asked me if I’d review the new Five and Ten Designs Volume One eBook, I couldn’t resist. Have you heard of Five and Ten Designs? 5 awesome indie pattern designers teamed up to create 10 different looks from one basic pattern piece. It’s a brilliant concept and is perfect for anyone who is interested in learning how to alter or manipulate pattern pieces to make something totally creative and original. The book includes bodice pattern pieces for sizes 12m to 10 years and each of the 10 looks is so incredibly different, you’ll want to sew them all!
So really the hardest part for me was deciding which look to sew up first. Because I’ve made Yuki a few dresses recently and she rarely wears them, I ended up picking up Look No. 2, which is a ruffley top with a super cute tie closure in the back. I LOOOOVE how cute this top is (designed by Jessica, the Sewing Rabbit). But I had a really hard time imagining Yuki wearing something so ruffley. So I decided to give the pattern a try without the ruffle.
I made this top in size 2T. It comes together really easily and is even more simple if you omit the ruffles! I also used store bought bias tape (as opposed to making my own), so that made it an even quicker project! This top is probably cuter with the ruffles from the original design, but I think it suits my daughter better this way.
The pattern instructions and photos are clear and easy to follow. I did, however, notice as I was creating my pattern pieces that if you follow the directions as they are, your front pattern piece will be slightly longer than the back piece. I emailed back and forth with Jessica, the awesome designer behind this look and she was super open to my feedback and helpful in working out exactly what the problem was. It’s such a minor thing really, but if you are making this top, I would follow the directions to draft your front pattern piece and then use that measurement for the back as well (this will make sense if you’re actually making the top, but otherwise, you’ll have no idea what I’m talking about :P). If you use the front pattern piece to make the back, it’s helpful in making sure that not only the length is the same, but the angle of the side and the curve along the bottom.
Gahhh – I adore the back of this top . . .
I also added 2 inches in length to the top because the pattern looked a bit short compared to other 2T tops we own. Since every kid is different, I’d recommend checking the length of the top before cutting your fabric in case you need to add or take off some length. And I probably could have taken a bit more off the width of the shoulders as well, since it came out a bit wide for my daughter’s petite frame.
All in all, this was a fun top to sew up and Yuki loved wearing it, so win win! And I still have 9 more looks that I could sew up with the entire eBook! I highly suggest you go check it out. I think you’ll be blown away by the huge range of looks you can make with just one pattern block.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’re all doing well, whether you’re already back to school or enjoying the last few days of summer break!
*The Five and Ten Designs Volume One eBook was generously given to me for this review, but all opinions are 100% my own.*
How refreshing! An honest review. Thank you for pointing out the (ever so slight) flaw and not giving us the run-of-the-mill “it’s so great, you’ll love it” pattern review. Always appreciate when bloggers tell the FULL story! (And of course, the top is adorable. Times two on lil Yuki.)
Aww – thank you so much Cherie! Yuki looks so stinking cute in this, I actually love it without the ruffle! Came out adorable 🙂
I really like this without the ruffles! Great choice 🙂
I love this so much Cherie! It turned out beautifully and the bias tape in lieu of the ruffle looks really pretty! Thanks for reviewing the book for us and sewing up such a gorgeous garment.
I’ve missed seeing your creations lately but I completely understand the craziness of back to school time and upcoming due dates. The top is lovely- I think I actually prefer it without the ruffle. And the fabric you picked is perfect!
This is adorable! I think I like it more without the ruffles. Plus, this look is definitely great for an active little girl!
It turned out darling!!! And that Yuki – she’s such a cutie! I can’t wait to see her in big sister action!! I hadn’t even considered this top without the ruffle because I love the ruffle so much, but it’s so summery and easy-living this way – another variation to add to my ever-growing list!
Love this, Cherie! The ruffle-less version is adorable and something I hadn’t even thought of trying!
I love this top-leaving off the ruffle really lets the gorgeous fabric and colors shine. Thanks for reviewing the book! Yuki looks so cute in her new top!
I love this! I love how it’s simple enough even for me. I’m seriously thinking of getting that ebook and starting on some summer dresses for my two girls (NZ summer).
What a great top! It looks like such a nice, breezy top for summer — hopefully Yuki will continue to love it!
i think i like it better without the ruffles. great color choices!
you rocked this! i love it.
Lovely design and really good details.
Love love love this 🙂
So is it Five-Eleven now? That’s a great little top and I’d probably like it better without the ruffle too. the closure at the back is very sweet and has a bit of a Japanese pattern aesthetic. lovely sewing as always.
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great top.looks really cute.
I’d give anything for my girl to wear anything remotely girly like the top you made. It’s adorable!
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