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