Izzy top a free pattern by Climbing the Willow

izzy top free pattern

The amazing thing about sewing today is the easy access to great tutorials and free patterns. Don’t get me wrong I have plenty of purchased patterns in my stash too, but there is a lot out of there if you do just a little looking.

The downside, just like my paid-for-pattern stash, my free pattern and tutorial list just seems to get longer and longer. Pins are added and files are saved, time to get some sewing done. So in the spirit of “actually going to do that pinned project” I’ve decided to try and sew at least one item from my free pattern collection a month. Not an overwhelming goal, but achievable.

I will admit to being a tutorial snob of sorts. I usually make the ones from bloggers I followed for a long time, whose paid patterns I’ve sewn, or whose free pattern/tutorial has been widely recommend. I’m sure there is some good undiscovered stuff out there too, know one share it in the comments! Want a peek at what I might sew next follow our free pattern Pinterest board.

free pattern izzy top

This month I finally sewed up an Izzy top, a free PDF pattern from Climbing the Willow. The top pattern ranges from 12 months to 12!

The important free pattern stats: 

Where do I get it? You can download the pattern free from Climbing the Willow, the tutorial lives on her site. Find the post HERE.

How Were the Directions? They’re great. The directions are very complete and cover all of the printing, layout, and cutting info you are going to need as well as, of course, the sewing. My only trouble I didn’t baste the backs together and they shifted when I was attaching the skirt. It works fine, but once again I learned that optional basting isn’t really optional for me.

How Does it Fit? She is in between sizes, sometimes falling in a 2T sometimes a 3T. I used the 3T based on her listed sizing. I’m very happy with the fit.

izzy top free pattern

She got dirty during the photoshoot, but it’s still cute! I picked up a small remnant of the mermaid print with the intention of adding it to my someday quilt pile for her. She found it, and demanded I make a dress out of it! I only had maybe a 1/4 yard so I was really left scrabbling. I went off to Joanns add found the scale print to pair it with.

izzy top free pattern


Donna helped me fill out M’s summer wardrobe by working up an Izzy top of her own. The pattern is sized for wovens, but since my kids live in knits she decided to give it a go in a knit. We’ll let you know when it arrives how the fit worked but it looks like it will work. There is a little bit of this green stripe in another top of Miss M’s and it’s super soft so I’m sure the top will get a bunch of wear too.

izzy knit

Do you have a favorite free pattern? One you have been meaning to try?

Happy Sewing,




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  • Ajaire April 29, 2014, 9:03 am

    Ooh I haven’t tried it in a knit! That one looks great. I am terrible about sewing the free patterns too. And now I’m following that board so my list just got longer 😉

  • Sarah Helene April 29, 2014, 11:17 am

    LOVE your mix of 2 print fabrics on both of your little girls’s tops from a FREE pattern, IZZY TOP, from Climbing the Willow. Versatile pattern & a simple design with a yoke & “barely” sleeves in one piece plus the gathered bottom. Unique curved seam when 2 pieces are joined. Good you’ve sewn woven fabric as well as knits. Thanks for sharing. Sarah in Minneapolis

  • Amy Mayen April 29, 2014, 1:01 pm

    This is knew of the free patterns on my to sew list!! Next month let me know what pattern you choose. Maybe I can sew with you. You know how it goes though- we’ll see lol!! Both tops are adorable. Crazy little girls and their big demands!!

  • Annie April 29, 2014, 1:38 pm

    I love the mermaid top fabric combinations! So cute. My daughter needs casual play dresses, if the knit version does not require the button closure, I might have to try this pattern too!

  • Sorahart April 29, 2014, 2:58 pm

    The Small Fry skinny jeans pattern from Titschy (sp?) Threads actually has size 2 available for free…I have it printed out and I’m looking forward to trying it soon. PS. I started following your free pattern Pinterest board, so fun! Some I had already pinned myself but I saw lots of new ones too. Thanks for sharing!

  • Teri April 29, 2014, 5:32 pm

    Thanks for the great review! You’re daughter looks adorable in her Izzy Top 🙂

  • Pam @Threading My Way April 29, 2014, 7:31 pm

    Love this top. I’ve had it pinned for ages, but still haven’t made it up. I think it would work well as a dress, too.

  • Kristina and Millie May 7, 2014, 7:25 pm

    Super cute! Thanks for sharing, yours looks great. Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday.

  • colleen August 20, 2014, 9:48 am

    I found you via Pinterest….gorgeous top. Where did you get the mermaid fabric?


  • Rachelle June 28, 2018, 10:38 am

    Hi there, it seems like climbing the willow has closed her site. Would you happen to have a copy of the toutorial that you might be able to share?

  • Rosemary July 28, 2018, 6:57 pm

    I’m also looking for a tutorial for this great pattern. It would be helpful to know what is size the seam allowance. After that, I’m sure I can figure it out.

  • Bärbel Rühmkorf October 6, 2019, 1:04 pm

    I made an Izzy Top from Jersey and it seems to be a little more wide than using cotton for this pattern. I like it very much and it will be not my last Izzy Top Dress. Kind regards from Germany. sorry, but I cant leave a photo on this side.

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