June 17, 2015

Izzy Top -- Free Pattern Summer!

Sewing the Izzy Top from Climbing the Willow for Free Pattern Summer | The Inspired Wren

I've been struggling to get my motivation back since returning from a lovely vacation...last month. But I've fallen in love with the idea of sewing free patterns this summer: patterns that can be found around the interwebs and even some new ones floating around in my head. Let's kick this off with the ubiquitous Izzy Top by Climbing the Willow.



Sewing the Izzy Top from Climbing the Willow for Free Pattern Summer | The Inspired Wren


A popular pattern, I had yet to sew up an Izzy Top. The silhouette is the biggest draw for me -- the curved seam where the bodice meets the bell-shaped skirt is darling. It's one I pinned long ago and just never got around to.

Love the classic bell-shaped silhouette out of a vintage sotrybook on the Izzy Top from Climbing the Willow for Free Pattern Summer | The Inspired Wren


I pulled out one of my old, beloved story books for the photo shoot because I liked how the pink in the fabric and the red cover of the book both have a touch of coral. The coral-y pink of the bodice fabric is also picked up in the dots on the navy skirt-portion of the tunic.

But then I noticed the classic bell-shaped dress in the illustrations matched the bell shape of the Izzy. How perfect!


Great fabric combo! Sewing the Izzy Top from Climbing the Willow for Free Pattern Summer | The Inspired Wren



Sewing the Izzy Top from Climbing the Willow for Free Pattern Summer | The Inspired Wren

I bought a pearly white button for the back closure. But then decided it was too small. So I pulled out a random off-white fabric-covered button from my stash. But then I sewed the button-hole too small. So I pulled out a smaller than the fabric button, larger than the original, pearly button, and called it done before the whole thing became a UFO (un-finished object) over a simple little button!

I almost got stuck on what to pair the Izzy with. Leggings seamed appropriate. Legging shorts even better for Summer. But I sewed a whole bunch of those recently and somehow still didn't have a good match. I had trouble finding the right color knit -- I still think this might be a tad too bright. This pair of legging shorts is not meant to hide under a skirt, so I added a tulip-cuff for a finished look.


Tulip-Cuff detail sewn on Go To Leggings from Go To Patterns | The Inspired Wren



Pattern

Tunic: Izzy Top by Climbing the Willow, Size 3 wide by 5 long
Leggings: Go To Leggins by Go To Patterns, Size 5 with modified cuff.

Fabric

Tunic: Emma & Mila Sartori in Pink/Navy, 100% cotton; Emma & Milla Nou Knit in Navy, 100% cotton -- both from Walmart
Leggings: Upcycled tee, Walmart

Notes

I'm starting to doubt my ability to measure my daughter. Her width clearly measures to me as a Size 3 or smaller (in a lot of patterns) and yet, I think I should probably be working in a size 4 or larger. She's definitely a size 5/6 or more long. In ready-to-wear I'd probably buy a size 5 and find it too wide and too short. You think I could fix this while sewing but I somehow keep missing the mark. Any suggestions?

Love

It was nice to finally get something through the machines, even nicer to sew such a darling, classic silhouette. And it was free!

Love the classic bell-shaped silhouette out of a vintage sotrybook on the Izzy Top from Climbing the Willow for Free Pattern Summer | The Inspired Wren
There's that high-waisted bell silhouette in the book. Makes me want to sew another Izzy in a plaid to match!




Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.

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2 comments:

  1. Your Izzy top is adorable! I love the colors :)

    I have the same problem you so with pattern sizing. My middle daughter is a gymnast, so even though she measures a couple of sizes smaller in width than length, I can't cut a pattern based on measurements because she is not built like the average kid. Even though her waist and chest usually measure as a size 6ish, I need to sew closer to a 10 to fit her shoulders. I generally end up doing modifications such as grading from the size 10 shoulders to a size 6 waist. I rarely cut a straight size in anything. But I have found that some patterns designers fit better than others so I tend to sew those more often. It's really just trial and error ;)

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  2. I love the color combination! The Izzy top looks so comfy. Great job!

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