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Tip Top Tunic Review

When I was sewing up the capsule wardrobe for Baby before he was born and before we knew if he was a boy or a girl, I decided to sew up a dress or two…just in case he was a girl.  I used the Tip Top Tunic and Dress pattern for one of these.  Well, he was not a boy, so I had this dress.  

Lucky for Tina, even though I had made the smallest size of this pattern (6-12 months) the ease is quite generous, and Tina is petite enough to wear it as a tunic.  She loves the swishy double sleeves, and delights in the feel of the soft voile.

As with all patterns by Petit a Petit & Family, this one is very easy and fun to put together.  The instructions are easy to follow with drawn illustrations.  The sleeves are a fun shape, and that is accentuated by doubling them and making the different colors.

You might recognize the fabric, it’s leftover from making this skirt.  I didn’t quite have enough and had to piece the back.  But it’s not really noticeable unless you’re looking for it, like me!  It’s voile from Art Gallery Fabrics, and really good quality and easy to work with.

For the sleeves, we used a lightweight tencel twill in pink, and a white shirting used in my Key Largo Top.  They are lightweight fabrics and this is imperative to getting good drape on the fluttery sleeves.  The effect would not be the same with a stiff fabric.

Because the neckline is elastic all around, it make this still wearable for Tina even though she just turned two.  She is really fun to dress because she will wear almost anything if you exclaim about how pretty/nice/fun/happy/etc. in it!  She’s very verbal for a new 2 year old and it’s super delightful to interact with her!

The pictures in this post aren’t perfectly posed, the dress is a bit wrinkled, but the expressions on Tina’s face are purely who she is in a nutshell!  Every single one of them!  

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Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic Review

Girl Charlee's first sewing pattern, sewn by Skirt Fixation

Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern

One of our sewing goals in 2014 was to learn to sew with knit fabric.  Girl Charlee gave us the opportunity to sew with knit fabric again when they asked us to be pattern testers for their very first pattern, the Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern.

Girl Charlee Tunic Pattern

We’ve done pattern testing for several companies now but this is probably our favorite pattern test to date because not only did Girl Charlee provide us with the Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern but also with the fabric to sew it!  This pattern was a delightful & quick sew.

Girl Charlee Tunic Pattern

Besides sewing with knit we conquered another skill while doing the Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern; sewing with elastic thread.  Years ago we tried a fun DIY tutorial that used elastic thread.  The end result was a total flop because the elastic thread didn’t work.

Girl Charlee pattern

But do you see that ruching around the collar and sleeves?  That is the result of elastic thread, thanks to Girl Charlee’s super easy to follow instructions.  The Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern comes in both tunic and dress lengths, and we will definitely be sewing some more in the near future.

Vintage tunic pattern

Girl Charlee’s pattern says this is a vintage look and we love the way it turned out. To mimic the vintage look Allegra styled Annie’s hair in little rolled waves like those of bygone bombshells.

Vintage Tunic Pattern by Girl Charlee

Because of the little birds on the fabric, we gave Annie a birdcage and found birdnest to play with.

Vintage knit sewing pattern

Although we loved sewing this pattern with knit fabric, our next version of this pattern could very well be from woven fabric, because 90% of the fabric in our stash is wovens.

Girl Charlee's first sewing pattern, sewn by Skirt Fixation

If you want to try the Girl Charlee Vintage Puff Sleeve Tunic and Dress Pattern, click here!  And while you’re at Girl Charlee, pick up some of that fabulous knit fabric to make your tunic or dress!  We think Girl Charlee’s first foray into pattern making is a resounding success, and we are excited to see what they create next.