Hey Everyone! I hope you’re all having a good Friday! I’m back with another kids sewing project. This is the adorable Mini Sutton Blouse from True Bias. I was a pattern tester for this top, which was just released this week. Sewing it up made me realize that I really want to make another Sutton blouse for myself! I’ve only made one and it was a maternity hack. I just need to find some great fabric for it!
My model is our friend Alyssa. Alyssa’s dad has worked with my husband for a long time and her mom watched Luke for us for about 2 years when I was still working full time. (If you’ve been a reader of this blog for a while you might remember Alyssa’s sister Sophia was my model for the fabric swap challenge I did over at Skirt Fixation.)
The Mini Sutton is really similar to the women’s pattern. There is an option for a round neckline or a v-neck and both options have a really cute button detail on the shoulder. (I chose to make the round neckline version.) Alyssa’s measurements put her in the size 7 and I made it with no changes. I really like how this fits her. It’s loose, comfortable, and looks really cute with her slim shorts. I used some Heather Ross quilting cotton that I had in my stash. The neckline and arms are finished with bias tape that I made from the same fabric.
I made one really silly mistake when I was cutting this top. There is a separate cutting line on the pattern for the right shoulder since the right shoulder doesn’t have the button placket. I cut the pieces on the fold and then picked up what I thought was the front piece to trim off the excess from the right shoulder. After I did that I realized that I had really been holding the back piece, so I’d trimmed the wrong shoulder. I am glad I realized my mistake right away so that I could make the same mistake on the front piece. The button placket is now on the opposite shoulder than it should be, but I don’t think anyone else will notice.
This top is the tester version of the pattern, Kelli made minor changes to the necklines on the final version which are not reflected here. I’m so glad I have this pattern in my (gigantic) pattern library for when Caroline gets big enough to fit into it! (I may already have fabric stashed for it, too– it’s OK to buy fabric a year and a half before you need it, right?)