Simplicity 5689 – Toddler Top & Skirt

Pattern Description: Simp5689CF
Summer Wardrobe for Girls includes hat, sleeved & sleeveless dress, crop top, shorts, and skirt. I made the crop top and skirt.

Pattern Sizing:
2-6X. I made size 3 based on DD’s height. If I used her circumferential measurements, the clothes would be too short. Since DD doesn’t care if her clothes are loose and I use Sandra Betzina’s recommendation of waist elastic 1.5 inches smaller than waist measurement, the clothes fit fine.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LIKE: The elastic for the sleeves is only on the top. For me, that would be much more comfortable than all the way around.

DISLIKE: It doesn’t say the top is a crop top, and you can’t tell from the cover. DD doesn’t care, but I would prefer a longer top for her. I think a flounce cut on the bias would be better.

Fabric Used:
Stash fabric from Joann’s clearance section. The plaid is 100% cotton, and the raspberry fabric is a nubby, drapey 100% rayon.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I used my ruffler instead of gathering for the flounce.

Next time, I’ll lengthen the shirt, and if I make the skirt, I’ll cut the flounce on the bias.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I definitely recommend the top. I might make it again. I have lots of patterns for DD, and I like to try things for her.

The skirt is okay. I think my reluctance for this specific pattern is that I really didn’t care for the style 20 years ago and my opinion hasn’t changed. It’s easy to sew.

A nice top with comfortable and currently fashionable sleeves. Both pieces are easy to sew.


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