Yesterday we went to a joint birthday party for both my neighbor's girls. The oldest was turning 5 and the youngest 3. I always like to make handmade presents for birthday gifts because 1. it saves me money and 2. it is fun to give a unique gift that people can't buy at the store. For the younger girl I made the Frozen Fever Sophie dress blogged about below. The older girl does not wear dresses and usually likes superheroes over princesses. When I went over to their house to take their measurements I quizzed the girls on what they liked. The oldest told me she loves Ariel because she swims (they are currently taking swimming lessons). So, I decided to make her a top using a free pattern called Izzy from Climbing the Willow. My original idea was to use Marvel Avengers fabric but she told me she loves Ariel so I used the new Ariel and Eric fabric from Springs Creative.
This was a super simple top to make and you can't beat a free pattern! The directions were easy to follow too. I made this top in a 4T and it took only 1 yard of fabric. This pattern is perfect for a beginning seamstress because there are no set in sleeves or zipper.
The back bodice is split and there is a tab on one side that crosses over to the other side. You can use a button/buttonhole or snap. I choose to do a snap because it was easy and I had a snap color that matched. I used KAM snaps on the top I made.
This morning I got a text from my neighbor and both girls were wearing the outfits that I made them to school today. Looked like they both fit perfect too!