Tuesday, 17 February 2015

February "Free For All" on Frances Suzanne - The Eloise Top

I was very excited to be invited to contribute to the Februrary "Free For All" on Frances Suzanne. These clever ladies have changed up the format of the Flip This Pattern Series to have a month that celebrates and highlights all of the free patterns available all over blogland. Look at the line up of contributors!

Initially I searched and searched for which free pattern to use (there are so many great ones). Then it dawned on me that this was the perfect opportunity to turn a little pattern I had drafted for Eloise into a free pattern to share with others. 

Click HERE to get to the pattern tutorial

The Eloise Top is a simple A-line top with a pleated front and high-low hem. But more than that, I designed it with flexibility in mind. Before I had even put pen to paper, I had imagined and planned a multitude of possible variations. So I have started with the idea as it came to me but will keep adding to it with additional tutorials to mix it up into many different styles. 

I wanted to be sure my tutorial made sense to others and asked my closest sewing friends to test it for me. I am very thankful to them for not only sewing it and sharing pics of their beautiful girls but also for the valuable feedback they gave that allowed me to improve the tutorial. 

Amanda made two versions, the high-low version and the shirred hem version. She modified her shirred hem top to add in a heart cut out at the back!! It looks very, very sweet and is exactly what I wanted, a pattern that has options and scope for individual creativity :)
This is her beautiful little Lucy in her two Eloise Tops...

Renee also made two versions for her adorable Quinn and I truly can't decide which one I prefer. Renee is the talented seamstress behind Charli-Q Tutus. (A pic of Eloise in her Charli-Q Tutu is here) Here is Quinn in her two Eloise Tops...

Ashlii was generous enough to make up an Eloise Top despite her nearly 3 year old being a little boy :) I'm sure it will make a cute gift for one of his little friends. Such a cute fabric that Ashlii chose to make her top out of...

So again, a HUGE thank you to these great ladies for risking their pretty fabric and time on my little pattern!!!

Some pics of one of the versions I made for Eloise...

And another thank you to the lovely ladies at Frances Suzanne for inviting me to contribute to this series. There have already been some great posts linked up and there are more added each day. Pop over to this post to see how you can link up your own creations made with a free pattern for a chance to win prizes!!

And I am excited to share that I will be joining in with Frances Suzanne again in April for the April Flip This Pattern. I am excited and nervous about that one!

Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment to let me know what you think :)

Kerry xx


  1. Cute top! Perfect for summer time.:)

  2. You had us at the tucks!!! SUPER CUTE!! Can't wait to sew one for our nieces {2 of which will fall into the size 3 range at some point in the future :)}!!