Monday, February 6, 2012

Free Beautiful Flower Top Pattern & Tutorial

I finally finished the Beautiful Flower Top Pattern and Tutorial!  Sorry it has taken me so long, but this was the first time I have ever tried to make a clothing pattern.  I hope it all makes sense, if not, please leave me a comment or email me.

After making the original pattern and top, I found that I needed to tweak a couple of the pattern pieces, so I headed back to the drawing board to remeasure and draw.  The part I had really messed up with before was the placket, but now I think I have it all figured out.  

I then needed to test the pattern again, so I found this cute piece of red calico fabric and some really soft denim in my stash.  This time, I wanted to make an entire outfit.  But we'll have more on that later.

Anyway, without further delay, here is the free Beautiful Flower Top Pattern and Tutorial by sewVery!  The pattern fits a size 4T.  

And here is the new Beautiful Flower Top that I made in the process of revising the pattern.  The construction of the latest version is much better than the first.


We made a quick trip to the zoo a few afternoons ago because the weather was so warm and pretty, but as soon as we got there, I realized that Miss Ella should have stayed home and taken a nap instead!  So, although she may not look very happy in these photos, she really does love her new outfit!



I just love the buttons I used on the top.  They are vintage Pearl buttons by Costumakers.  These came from my grandmother's collection of sewing notions.  I've been wanting to use them for a long time, and this was the perfect project.  I wish I had a slightly smaller size of the same button to use on the skirt, but I don't.  Oh, well.


And the buttons were even Made in the U.S.A.!  Wow!


We walked around the zoo and saw a few animals--the meerkats, elephants, monkeys, and even this...


Mr. Red River Hog was quite smelly, prompting already fussy Miss Ella to do this!


Remember I mentioned I made her an entire outfit?  Well, here is the skirt I made from a vintage Butterick pattern that was in my mom's sewing stuff. Butterick 5845.


I dubbed it the Groovy Skirt!


I decided to leave the pockets off the skirt since the Beautiful Flower Top already had two similar ones.  The denim is so soft, and even though the skirt is a little big right now since it is a size 4, I'm sure it will fit her perfectly come summer.


We continued on our brief walk through the zoo and ended up at the historic home and farm.  I thought the old buildings and gardens might be an interesting spot to take a few more pictures.  While the area was nice for picture taking, Ella was still in a bad mood.  Here are a few of the better pictures I took of her in the Beautiful Flower Top and the Groovy Skirt.


I just love these boots.  Although I bought these in the fall, I picked up another pair in a larger size last week at Target when they were on clearance. She'll be wearing the same style again next year!


And at the last minute, we decided to dash over and see the beautiful flamingos!  My kids love to see them because you can get so close to the birds.  Plus, there is a really fun swinging bridge they can run across.


Finally, no visit to the zoo would be complete without sitting on the stone lions.  Connor had been sick with a stomach virus for two days, so I was sewVery glad to see him out having fun and smiling!


As for Ella, well, she just needed a nap.  Here she is in the last picture finally sporting the matching headband I made to go with her Beautiful Flower Top.


Thanks for stopping by, and I would love to hear what you think about the pattern and tutorial!  And if you choose to make a Beautiful Flower Top, send me a picture of your version.  If I have enough interest, I'll create a Flickr group.

I'm linking up with these wonderful sites this week.  Check them out, too!

The Girl CreativeSew Chatty

19 comments:

  1. Ella did look like she wasn't very happy. Very pretty buttons and very good sewing.
    Connor and the hog looked happy.

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  2. Beautiful outfit, Veronica!!! Makes it extra special using your Grandmother's buttons. I've bookmarked this for when i have a size 4 to sew for.

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  3. That is so sweet! I have my collection of buttons that belonged to my grandmother as well, they are really special. Love that you used them on the top.

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  4. Her outfit is so cute, bless her all that fresh air who wouldn't want a nap! Well done on making a tutorial, they take a lot of time to do.

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  5. Found you over at Threading My Way, love this darling skirt! The whole outfit is adorable! :)

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    1. Kristy, thanks for checking out my blog and becoming a follower. I'm now a follower of your site, too.

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  6. I so know that feeling of the little one needing a nap. Mine is two so life can be a bit moody. I love the shirt. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

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  7. Beautiful top-and beautiful little lady-so glad mine isn't the only one who still needs to nap too!
    Do you have this to download anywhereother than Scribe please? It costs $9 a month to be able to print or download from them.

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    1. Nick, I hope you get this reply since you are a no-reply blogger, but if you can send me a message with your email address, I'll be glad to send it to you. I think things are free to download from Scribd until it becomes classified as an archive item. I'll have to check and see if that is the case with this. Thanks for letting me know, and I hope to hear from you! sewvery(at)gmail(dot)com

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    2. I just checked Scribd, and both files say they are free to download as a pdf or text file. I'm not sure why you might be encountering problems, but it shouldn't cost you to download the pattern or the tutorial files.

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  8. I am not able to download without paying $9 also -- I tried everything to save/download with no luck. One of your other patterns was available via Google docs and I had no trouble.

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    1. I'm uploading the patterns to Google Docs right now and will add the links to this post. Thanks for letting me know about this. I should have added them to Google Docs a while ago! Sorry for the inconvenience.

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  9. Dear sewVery, thank you so much for shairing such great project. I am following your blog for a very long time and I wanted to try this pattern as a dress for my 5T doughter using her dady's old shirts. I am from Turkey and my blog is in Turkish. I would like to have your approvel to explain how I've done this dress in Turkish in my blog and giving a link to your blog.

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    1. Thank you so much for being a follower and letting me know you've tried out my pattern and tutorial! I hope you see this response. I was going to email you, but you are a no-reply blogger! Yes, please go ahead and share how you made this into a dress on your blog with a link back to this post so others can download the pattern if they choose. I appreciate you asking! I would love to see the final dress!

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    2. thanks alot. I am very new in this blogging world. and learning each day something new. i do not even know what does no-reply blogger:) cheers from İstanbul, Turkiye!

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    3. It means that your email address is not visible when you leave a comment on someone's blog. It means I could not email you back and had to leave a comment on my blog post hoping you would see it!

      Here's a tutorial on how to change the setting so other bloggers can see you email and respond to your comments!

      http://anyonecandecorate.blogspot.com/2012/09/are-you-no-reply-blogger-how-to-fix.html

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    4. once again thank you so much. I guess i am able to change my status to email back:)

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  10. Looks good! I don't think I have seen it here :( nice review)
    Lovely Read!

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  11. very cute ...thank you for listing this for free ...i use to sew for my children when they were little not much since but now it is the grand children...again thank you ..

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