I’m excited to be on the Breeze Top pattern tour; I first “met” Shannon of Little Kids Grow through Project Run and Play’s sew-a-longs and have always been impressed by her style, and love of her family – so I was really excited when she contacted me about participating in introducing her new pattern for Peaches & Peanuts Patterns! (I am always happy to see tween patterns especially, since I feel like that is a REALLY under represented group in the pattern market, but this pattern isn’t just for tweens, as it goes from size 8-16!)
I made my Breeze Top in a size 14, which is Emmie’s commercial clothing size, and it fit her perfectly, so I was impressed with the sizing as well as the fun details of this top. My fabric is just a simple quilter’s cotton, so nothing fancy, made fancy by a great pattern 🙂
I loved the curved bodice front, on this pattern, I accented mine with piping, so that it stood out on the fabric I chose (the pattern also works well with using different fabrics on the top and bottom, making it really versatile!)
I LOVE the shape of the racer back in this top, and I felt like the shoulder slope was really perfect. I decided to play with textures in my version, so I made a lattice design out of my fabric for the back. (I have a little how to for this at the end of the post if you wanted to make your own Breeze Top with a lattice back)
It’s a lot of bang for not a lot of complex work, which I love. 🙂
I like how the Breeze Top is easy to make your own, I figured there will be lots of versions posted online of the pattern sewn “straight” as designed, so I gave myself the liberty to play with it. I chose to add 2 pieces of elastic to my top’s back, (rather than the one centered piece suggested in the pattern) inside of casing lines I sewed top and bottom of the back piece, since I wanted my back to lay a little differently – which is SUCH an easy way to switch up a look, and get more mileage out of a pattern! (the next time I make this I may want the more ruffled look of the centered elastic, for this back I wanted to let the lattice be the big statement)
Another choice I made, showing the versatility of the pattern, was to put buttons on both shoulders, it made sense to me to do this for balance with the lattice back, but would have been equally as nice with the buttons only on the one side. (I made covered buttons for my closures too, I felt like there was a lot going on between the piping, the lattice pattern, and the small busy fabric pattern, etc. so I chose to blend in my buttons a little.)
Emmie asked me to put pockets into her top as well, which was really easy to do through the side seams, but that was my addition rather than the pattern’s just for full disclosure. (but it’s easy to do if you want pockets!)
I really enjoyed making the Breeze Top, it’s a silhouette I haven’t really seen everywhere, and it has A LOT of possibility for personalization (I already have the fabric to try a maxi dress version, how cute would that be?) which is a must for me when buying patterns, since I want to know I will get my money’s worth out of it. (I can’t forget that the pattern comes with knit instructions and pattern pieces too, along with instructions for a bubble hem, so a twofer!) I really liked how clear the instructions were, even though I admittedly didn’t really follow them (I found the top intuitive without them,) but I did read them for pattern review’s sake!
Emmie has worn this top every time is has been clean since I made it for her, so it got her seal of approval too! I think in the winter it would be really easy to wear a shirt under it, or a cardigan over it, which extends the pattern life too.
So, do you want the good news? There is an awesome giveaway associated with the pattern tour, and 3 lucky readers with get their own free copy of the Breeze Top Pattern, as well as 3 $25 gift certificates, thanks to The Ribbon Retreat!!!! Here is the link to the giveaway!
And if you don’t win, or can’t wait for your copy of the Breeze top, Shannon, and Peaches & Peanuts Patterns are offering a discount for cathgrace readers, so you can sew up your own Breeze Top!
The Breeze Top pattern will be 25% off with the code “BREEZETOUR” in Shannon’s Etsy shop. (EXP. June 27th 11:59pm)
So now you want your own Breeze top, and have already hopped over to buy your pattern, do you want to see how to make the back a lattice?
(disclaimer, I have a leaky iron, so my ironing surface is super water stained and gross looking, sorry, next time I will put a sheet down so the pictures are prettier 🙂 )
I began by tracing my back pattern piece onto newspaper, and getting rid of the side and neck seam allowances. I drew a lattice design on the paper, and then sewed tubes I made from strips of fabric onto the paper over my drawn lines (I sewed all of the horizontal pieces first, and then the vertical strips) The strips were on the straight grain, sewn in tubes while inside out, and then turned to the right side. I will have to do a proper tutorial on this technique sometime, since I wasn’t really very good about taking pictures (I was already half way done when Paul told me off for not taking pictures.) But I think using the paper is pretty much the whole technique if that makes sense. 🙂
As you can see from the back, I sewed 2 lines of stitching on each strip, this is to make it lie flatter. The tape that I added to the sides was on the bias, so it followed the curve nicely) You just sew it down to the front, and then turn to the back and top stitch it with 2 lines as well.
The paper is NOT trapped in the seams, I ripped it off after I sewed the front of the bias tape on, since that perforates the paper, so when I turned the bias tape to the back and top stitched the bias tape down, there was no paper there.
I then sewed the lower back strips onto the racer back portion, I ripped the perforated paper out of the seam after it was sewn (it needed to stay in place before, so that the spacing stayed as it should along the bottom.) The seam is sandwiching the racer back portion, so the inside is very tidy.
I then added wide strips to the shoulders, so that there was stable fabric for the shoulders to have buttons sewn to. (still no paper in the seams, I ripped it off after sewing the front on, before enclosing the strips into the seam.)
The rest of the back can just go together as in the pattern instructions from this moment on, except the shoulders are both done the same way as the button side.
Oh yeah! Don’t forget to rip the paper away from the back!
NOW sew the back in like the pattern says 🙂
I hope you like my version of the Breeze Top, and that you are inspired to try making your own!!!
Don’t forget to check out the other bloggers on the pattern tour, it’s so fun to see what everyone has done with the pattern!