A month or two ago, Kate from See Kate Sew released her Garden Party collection for women. It’s full of whimsical, beautiful silhouettes and I was admiring them from afar because of my pregnant belly. Of all the patterns in that collection, I especially loved the Callie Top. SO cute. So when Kate needed testers for the mini me versions of the Garden Party patterns, I was lucky enough to test the mini Callie–the Avery top.
And where the Callie top is super sweet, the smaller Avery is perfection. Seriously. Look at those ruffles!
And the row of buttons down the back just tops it all off for me. And let’s cheer for the fact that when I put the girls in this shirt, they can’t change when I’m not looking because of the back buttons (do your girls change 5 times a day? I swear it’s payback from all the times I changed clothes as a kid). I went with some orange contrasting buttons because I liked how they jumped out against the fabric giving the back something special.
While there wasn’t anything hard about the pattern, it wasn’t really a quick sew because of all the ruffling (does gathering take everyone else as much time as it takes me? I swear I’m slow). But oh, it’s worth it.
I used a rayon for this top, and I like that it’s lightweight enough to move and hang well. There are rows of ruffles above the ruffled sleeve and cute gathers where the bodice meets the skirt piece. The only problem is that it’s hard to see all the cute details because of the circular pattern–in person it’s to die for cute.
I love how feminine it is. It’s super cute paired with a skirt–a must around our house–and with jeans. You know, when I can get my girls in pants.
So now I think Brynley needs one too. Right after I get some more sewing time–which will come after sleep (ha!).
Really though, I definitely recommend this pattern–I’m sure it will come into regular rotation in my sewing arsenal!