The Over The Top Tee and Dress pattern ~ written by Sophie from Sui & Mouse
Only if you’ve been living in a cave would you have missed seeing the Over The Top tee and dress pattern by LittleKiwisCloset. So I was very excited to be able to sew it up for the first blog and newsletter by Cherry Rock Fabrics.
Why is this such a good pattern? The amount of options means you can sew many items and they won’t look the same. There are different sleeve, length, hem, colour blocking, hood and pocket options and the sizing goes from newborn right up to size 12.
The slim fit style means that girls don’t look like they’ve borrowed their brothers clothes and if you want a looser fit or are making a hoodie then it’s easy to just size up .
The option of colour blocking the front also means you can use those panels that might not be long enough to use on a regular t-shirt.
I used the Paw Patrol cotton lycra from this months preorder at Cherry Rock Fabrics for the main portion of the OTT, colour blocked the sleeves and top of the back with a small glitter print that is always available to preorder, and used the black and grey stripe for the curved front.
I love the feel of the Cherry Rock cotton lycra, it sews up so nicely and looks amazing after every wash. Both my daughters wear their clothes hard so having fabric that will hold up well is important in my house!
My daughter was incredibly happy to see the Paw Patrol cotton lycra and tells everyone who compliments her top, and those that don’t, that her Mummy made it just for her. Hopefully she still loves wearing Mummy made in 10 years time! I now know all the characters names and she is insisting on having glitter added to all of her clothes.
The sewing process
I chose to sew up the colour blocked t-shirt length with short sleeves and a curved hem.
The instructions are concise and clear and with pictures that show what’s being done at each step you won’t be stuck for long. I love that there is the option of having a neckband or a neck binding. I personally prefer a neckband as I find a binding too bulky sometimes.
Another thing I love about the pattern is that the seam allowances are on the pattern pieces if they’re different to the rest, although I would prefer to have seam allowances on each piece so as to save having to look through the instructions each time you want to sew it again.
Everything is great about the OTT: the design, the fit, the options, the ease of putting the pattern together, the look of the finished product. The only trouble you’ll have is choosing what fabrics to put where and what option to sew up!
So will I be sewing more OTT’s? With winter almost over I may already have several dresses cut out waiting to be sewed…
Are there still people who haven’t made a OTT top or dress? If you haven’t, then why not take advantage of this 15% off discount code that’s valid all through August: cherryottrock19.
To have a look at the current preorder for Cherry Rock Fabric go to https://cherry-rock-fabrics.myshopify.com/
and to take advantage of the 15% pattern discount purchase the pattern here
Happy sewing everyone