I am very excited to share todays post with you all. I was asked a couple of weeks ago to review Heidi's new pattern- The Ruffle Top from Elegance & Elephants. I was so delighted for so many reasons- first this is my first pattern review ever, secondly this is the first e-pattern I have ever sewn and thirdly when Heidi came out with this pattern it was love at first sight. Needless to say, I couldn't refuse such an offer!

I really wanted to make a grey tunic like the one Heidi showcases with her pattern, but then I thought that wouldn't be too original- so instead I made 2 different version of the tunic. I had so much fun printing out the pattern and putting the pieces together- so easy and clear, even Mister M could have figured it out! Next, I chose my fabric- that took a while, I kept changing my mind. In the end I chose, for my first top, some vintage fabric I had recently found at the thrift shop, combined with some crêpe and striped fabric I had, as well as some contrast piping. For the second top, I used a vintage fine jersey knit I've had for years, just waiting for the right project. 

As much as I really love simple and minimal design, I always end up making things a little more complicated. What is that do you think? I am not sure, but I love it too...

If you are beginner, this is a great a little project to tackle, there aren't that many pattern pieces and the sewing instructions come with photos and they are clear as well as easy to follow. If you are an experienced sewer, then this pattern is a great starting point and allows you to play around with many options to make it your own.

For my first model, I made two ruffles instead of one- I used the same pattern piece and cut it twice. I also added the pipping- for a punch of color. I also sewed the neckline a little differently, I used bias as instructed, but sewed it on slightly differently, the french bias binding way. I'm not sure why- by habit I guess! I should have remove 1 cm from the center front neckline- oh well next time!


 Don't you love how the drawstring at the back gives this style a nice shape? The a-line cut gives for lots of room and ease but you can synch it at the waist or leave it loose, such a great design element. I also really like the amount of gathering in the ruffle, just enough in my opinion- this top is very girly without being to frilly!
All in all, I think my version turned out cute and Miss E thought so too.

For my second version, I used a fine knit jersey- which isn't recommended as one of the fabric option, but that is simply because the pattern wasn't intended for knits and you need to play around with the pattern a little to get it the right size and fit. 

Here is what I did differently- I used the size 4, as for the first model, however I removed 1 cm from the princess lines on the side panels and I also removed 0.5 cm up to 2.5 cm- gradually going from the armhole to the hem on the side panels as well. I also made the ruffle on a fold and gathered it a little more making it a little shorter. I did not need to create an opening at the back and sewed the neckline in one piece. For the ties, I used a piece of grosgrain ribbon which I sewed to one side and wrapped around twice. Voilà!

What I love about sewing tunics is that they last for so long- most of everything I sew start of as a tunic and eventually becomes a top. Another reason why I love tunics so much, is that they are great to wear with leggings. I am not a fan of  short tees and leggings and my misses loves her leggings. So Miss E will be able to wear this to daycare no problem! 

The only reason I didn't make the dress version, is that Miss E has so many already and as spring is taking so long to come I thought the tunics would be more appropriate. It's too bad we don't have a special event to go to this summer or I would have made the dressy version for sure. I know I'll be using this pattern in the future again, it's cute and easy, the possibilities are endless- I might have to try it without the ruffles next time! 

Now for the fun part! Heidi from Elegance & Elephants is offering 3 of you her lovely pattern- so if you'd like to start sewing or if you like to sew as much as I do, this giveaway is for you! 

Simply leave a comment on the blog and follow the steps on the Rafflecopter below- I'll be announcing the winner next monday.

And for some more good news, Heidi is also offering 10% discount on the Ruffle Top Pattern. Simply use the code PETIT10OFF and this is good until April 10th. If you buy the pattern and happen to be one of three lucky winners, your money will be refunded. 

So what you waiting for? Buy the pattern, enter the giveaway- I told you I was excited!!!

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