Issie Top Pattern Tour
Ahhhh autumn. My favorite time of year. Golden leaves, cool weather, and bananas. Okay, maybe not bananas, but when I saw these cheerful bananas in a french terry, how could I say no to a fun autumn dress?
I am very excited to be on the Issie Top tour for Sewpony today along with the talented Marieke of Creative Catoo and Deborah of Casennina. They've both made some beautiful Issies, so you definitely don't want to miss their versions!
As soon as I caught a glimpse of the Issie pattern on Suz's Instagram here, it was love. I mean, those ruffles!! And if you have been following me for any amount of time, it's no secret that I love ruffles. Plus it's a knit pattern, which I knew my girls would love -- and, more importantly, wear. When I showed them the illustrations, they didn't hesitate about which version they would each be getting. My older daughter went for the single ruffle across the chest, and my younger daughter said she loved the "double ruffle wings." It didn't quite work out as planned, but...well, you'll see.
The version above is my "wearable muslin" modeled by my younger daughter. It is actually one I made to test the size on her sister, as you can see from the sleeves, which are much too long for my size 5 child. After checking the size chart, I had made the size 6 with 7 for length for my older daughter, and because I had a little bit of Liberty knit left over from my Waterfall Raglan, I decided to use it for the ruffles. I couldn't let that pretty fabric go to waste, right? And that is why I went for the 2-ruffle version. That was kind of a mistake.
Why, you ask? Well, as soon as my little one saw it (and she wears a size 5, for reference, which is why it is too big on her), she was determined to have it and refused to give it up -- even for pictures. So in the interest of a peaceful household, I couldn't even photograph this one on the intended recipient. But I think you can tell that the size would have made for a much better fit on her big sister. I am still going to try to get some pictures on her for you, and update the post when I do.
Once I had determined which size to make for my older daughter, I set out to make the dress. I had in mind an interpretation of this dress, which I made from a Japanese pattern. I had the pattern pieces from that one traced and cut, so I placed the Issie bodice pieces over the Japanese size 130cm to check the proportions in terms of length of bodice, waistband, and skirt (though I fear I might have made it a bit too long). One thing I neglected to account for was the fact that we have short arms in this family, and I completely forgot to shorten the sleeves. Oops.
I recently ordered some french terry fabric from a new-to-me online Japanese shop, and these days I have all sorts of ribbing in my stash, so I decided to let my daughter choose the color she wanted to go with the bananas. Of course she went for yellow.
The banana fabric doesn't have much stretch or drape, and though the instructions advise against using a heavier fabric like french terry for the ruffle, I just didn't have a jersey in the right color, so I broke the rules. Also, I was nervous about sewing with a 1/4" seam allowance again, so I added to the SA so that I could sew at 1cm, and went from there. Because it was me doing the cutting, the whole thing was not very accurate, but thank goodness for the forgiving nature of knit. Hurray!
Needless to say, my daughter was so happy when she saw the dress. I mean, who doesn't love a happy banana dress to dance in, right? Ta-da!
The long sleeves make it perfect for this crisp autumn weather we are having, and great for running around collecting leaves. And yes, I purposefully left off adding pockets to the dress because I don't want to deal with rocks and acorns and crunchy leaves and who knows what else right now.
I have just one more version of this top to share, but I will save that for a later date. I also have a request from my younger daughter to make her a dress. And since her autumn/winter wardrobe needs some updating, I need to get going on that!
If you haven't purchased the pattern yet, a 10% discount is available throughout the tour with the code: ISSIERELEASE10
The pattern is available in English, Dutch, and French (they are separate listings in the shop).
Thank you so much, Suz, for having me on this tour! There is so much inspiration from all the bloggers that I'm sure you won't want to miss any of them!