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Flutterby Top Instructions

  1. Pin the front bodice and two back pieces together at the shoulder with right sides together (RST) and sew along both shoulders. Repeat for lining.Flutterby Top Pattern and Tutorial at Mabey She Made It. A free sewing pattern for little girls.
  2. On the lining, fuse strips of interfacing along the straight back edges where the buttons and placket will go. The interfacing will help stabilize the fabric, especially if you’re using a finer fabric like the Art Gallery voile.
  3. Fold and press your small rectangles in half with wrong sides together to make two long thin strips. Run two rows of basting (gathering) stitches along the raw edges and gather the stripFlutterby Top Pattern and Tutorial at Mabey She Made It. A free sewing pattern for little girls.
  4. Lay the main bodice right side up, and pin the ruffle across the armscye (armhole) so the raw edges are together and the sides of the ruffle fade into the armscye. They’ll be completely enclosed when we add the lining layer. Baste the ruffles to the bodice.Flutterby Top Pattern and Tutorial at Mabey She Made It. A free sewing pattern for little girls.
  5. Place the main and lining RST and sew along the neckline and armscye (see photo below). Notch the curves, clip the excess from your flutter sleeve, and turn it right side out by pulling the back through the shoulder to the front of the bodice on both sides. Use your fingers to flatten the seams out then press well.Flutterby Top Pattern and Tutorial at Mabey She Made It. A free sewing pattern for little girls.
  6. Separate your main bodice and lining on both the front and back bodice pieces and with RST align the pieces so the main front and main back are touching and the lining front and lining back are touching. Sew along the edge from the lining to the main in one line of stitching. Repeat for other side.Flutterby Top Pattern and Tutorial at Mabey She Made It. A free sewing pattern for little girls.
  7. Flip your bodice right side out, and topstitch around the arm and neck edges if desired. Pin the bodice together in the back by overlapping the placket by 3/4″.
  8. Sew the short edges of your big rectangle together with RST, and press your seam. You should have a tube now. Then run a few lines of basting/gathering stitches around the top of your tube and gather your skirt to the same width as your bodice.Flutterby Top Pattern and Tutorial at Mabey She Made It. A free sewing pattern for little girls.
  9. Pin the raw edges of your bodice and skirt together with RST and with the button placket lined up with the seam of your skirt. 
  10. Sew the skirt and bodice together, and finish your seams. Press the seam allowance up and topstitch around the bodice. 
  11. Hem your skirt.
  12. Add 3 buttonholes and 3 buttons to the plackets.

Flutterby Top Pattern and Tutorial at Mabey She Made It. A free sewing pattern for little girls.

If you wanted to make a Flutterby Dress instead, just increase the length of your rectangle to the length needed for your little one.

Flutterby Top Pattern and Tutorial at Mabey She Made It. A free sewing pattern for little girls.

So what are you waiting for? Download your FREE Flutterby Top Pattern Here!

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25 Comments on FREE Flutterby Top Pattern & Tutorial

  1. Cleta
    Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 4:42 PM (12 months ago)

    I cannot get pattern to download. Could you please email the pattern to me. Thank you

  2. Cynthia Brown
    Friday, March 18, 2016 at 4:37 PM (12 months ago)

    I am having a problem not getting the full pattern for the flutterby top pattern. I was able to get the top and back bodice and front, but not the bottom part of it or the sleeve pattern. Is there something I am not doing correctly or is there there another page I am not getting. Please let me know

    • Lisa
      Monday, March 21, 2016 at 8:28 AM (11 months ago)

      The pattern is just the bodice–the skirt and flutter dimensions are listed in the tutorial. :)

  3. Christi
    Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 2:59 PM (12 months ago)

    Can’t get the entire pattern to download for printing….

    • Lisa
      Monday, March 21, 2016 at 8:28 AM (11 months ago)

      The pattern is just the bodice–the skirt and flutter dimensions are listed in the tutorial. :)

  4. michele
    Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 1:27 PM (11 months ago)

    I can’t get the pattern to download, either. Would you please email me the pattern. It’s so adorable. Thanks

    • Lisa
      Friday, March 25, 2016 at 11:16 AM (11 months ago)

      Sent!

  5. SusanAnn Sheidy
    Friday, March 25, 2016 at 9:09 AM (11 months ago)

    I too cannot get the Flutterby top to download. I did download the Tulip Pants with no trouble? I have the fabric all ready to go. Please advise or send me the pattern to my e mail address. I have subscribed. Love the top and pants cannot wait to create. Love your site and look forward to more patterns! When I try to submit the comment it keeps saying I said this before yet I haven’t.

    • Lisa
      Friday, March 25, 2016 at 11:17 AM (11 months ago)

      Sent!

  6. SusanAnn Sheidy
    Friday, March 25, 2016 at 10:26 AM (11 months ago)

    FINALLY! I found the secret of downloading the Top pattern. I kept clicking (left) just a little below the download and a box appeared asking for my e mail then it went to the pattern. This should be show on the web page what to expect. This was very frustrating and I almost gave up not to come back to this site. But all is well now.

    • Lisa
      Friday, March 25, 2016 at 11:17 AM (11 months ago)

      Thanks for not giving up on me. :) Its definitely doing something strange so I’m looking into it.

  7. Michelle
    Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 10:30 PM (11 months ago)

    I have cut all the pieces for the top and pinned my shoulder seams together. I am afraid to stitch because it looks the seams will be too far forward on the bodice once I turn it right sides out. Did yours looks like this too in the beginning? I looked closely at the photos of your finished top and your seams appear to lay correctly at the top of the shoulder.

    • Lisa
      Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 2:54 PM (11 months ago)

      Yes, the seams are forward of the top of the shoulder a bit. Not drastically, but a little bit.

  8. Sue
    Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 7:51 AM (11 months ago)

    Can I get this in a larger size. I need it in a 3 T

    • Lisa
      Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 7:39 AM (9 months ago)

      Hi Sue, unfortunately I don’t have this pattern in a 3T, but feel free to try grading it!

  9. Kathleen Plumley
    Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 10:47 AM (9 months ago)

    What size seam allowances did you use? 1/2″?

    • Lisa
      Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 7:35 AM (9 months ago)

      3/8″ seam allowance. I can’t believe I forgot to put that in!

  10. Kayla Logsdon
    Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 8:30 PM (7 months ago)

    I can’t get the pattern to open up either. Will you please email it to me also??? Very excited to try this out. It’s beautiful!!

  11. Omotayo
    Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 6:31 PM (6 months ago)

    I seem to be having the same problem with downloading the pattern. Can you please send it to my mail? Love the pattern and can’t wait to make it for my niece

    • Lisa
      Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 12:20 PM (6 months ago)

      Try switching to a desktop view if you’re on mobile or a tablet or downloading on a computer–for some reason its being stubborn on mobile.

  12. Kate
    Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 7:24 PM (6 months ago)

    Hi, the test square no the pattern piece – is it meant to measure 1″ square? just making sure i’ve printed it out in the correct size. Thanks

    • Lisa
      Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 12:17 PM (6 months ago)

      Yes, but it might be a tad off. If you’re close, I’d say go with it!

  13. Adrianna
    Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 7:19 AM (6 months ago)

    I can not seam to get the pattern to download could you email it to me thanks.

  14. fiona robinson
    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 12:36 PM (5 months ago)

    Do you overlap the bodice when you sew to the skirt??

    • Lisa
      Friday, January 6, 2017 at 1:10 PM (2 months ago)

      Yes, overlap by about 1/2″.