Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Breeze Top: A Pattern Tour

Today I am happy to be a part of the Breeze Top Pattern Tour. When Shannon sent me an email to see if I wanted to be a part of the pattern tour for her Breeze Top I did not have to think twice. On the graphic above you can see the other blogs that are participating. Shannon's pattern is stylish yet classic, fun, and not only did I love it but my girls loved it too! It is perfect for our hot summers here in Northern California. Shannon has 7 kids and I think she has a good handle on styles kids like! I had never sewn a razorback design before and looked forward to learning a new to me sewing technique as well. Shannon has her pattern on sale for 25% off this week and is having a give away for 3 patterns and 3 Ribbon Retreat certificates. You can enter the give away through the Rafflecopter at the end of this post.
Since both of my twins liked the Breeze top I had to make two.

When I first saw the pattern I was thinking of making it in eyelet but Nicole found a white cotton with  small flowers kind of appliqued/embroidered on it. I had bought the fabric when my now 4 year old was a newborn to make her a dress. That dress never came to be but now my tween has a new top. Jess chose a pink cotton that I bought a long time ago thinking it would make a cute, fun doll quilt. A great feature of the Breeze Top pattern is it comes with a pattern and instructions for making it with a woven or with a knit, whichever you prefer to sew. 

 One of the things I do not care for with PDF patterns is that some patterns have so many sizes going this way and that way making it difficult to find the size you need. This pattern was well organized and it was easy to find and cut the size I needed. The diagrams were very professional and easy to follow which I appreciate. The pattern includes size 8-16 making it perfect for tweens and teens. I think the style of the top suits a wide range of body types and would look great on all of them.

To customize the top N's got a vintage lace trim with some sequins that did not photograph very well.

The button closure can be put on either shoulder so I put one on the right...

...and one on the left. I also added a bit of lace at the buttons for a special touch on J's top


The girls both said their tops were very comfortable and I think they will see a lot of wear this summer!! The top is a fun sew and I will probably make a couple more before the summer is done. I would like to make the knit option next.

The razorback was fun to make and a little more special than an ordinary back. It is always fun to try something new!!! Thanks so much for including me in your tour Shannon!!  The Breeze Top pattern is 25% off this week with the code "BREEZETOUR" on Shannon's  Etsy site. (EXP. June 27th 11:59pm). Shannon is also having a Rafflecopter giveaway for 3 patterns and (3) $25 certificates to the Ribbon Retreat. Enter for your chance to win!

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19 comments:

  1. These are absolutely beautiful, Gina! Thank you for being a part of the tour and sharing such lovely creations!

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  2. So cute! The tops and the girls wearing them are adorable!

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  3. Gina, your girls look adorable!! You made a great job! So - welcome summer! :) Jola

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  4. Really cute pattern...I love all your detail shots..and adorable photo shoot! :)

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  5. And again with the awesome girls clothes!
    I really need to have a little girl, then you can make her lots of fun stuff! ;)
    Love the fabrics the girls picked and of course all the attention to detail you put in.
    Gorgeous work G!

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  6. Oooh yours are so feminine looking! I love them! It's been a while so it's fun to catch up and see what you've bee up to!

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  7. They look great! What a fun photo shoot :)

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  8. The girls' tops are gorgeous! I really love the fabrics you used, and that razor back is so cool! Makes me wish my daughter was little again! Great photos with your beautiful models!!
    Susie

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  9. Lovely tops Gina, great models too! I love the razor backs, they are very stylish.

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  10. Very pretty tops...we both went with lace! :) You made great use of it, and they look great on your girls.

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  11. So cute! I want one too haha Nice job!

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  12. Look at your gorgeous girls! ... and that lace trim is divine! Might have to pin this one for when my girls are tweens :)

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  13. The tops are fabulous! I love how each one is different and suits their individual tastes.:)

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  14. I got behind on reading and somehow got to day 3 of the tour before day 2, but I'm finally here. I hate when stellar details don't photograph well- your sequined lace looks great! I know from experience details like that look even better in person. As always, I'm really excited about your fabric choices too. On J's top- did the fabric come like that? Love the strips and lace!

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  15. Love these tops, Gina! Darling! I know what you mean about the patternd that are imposed pieces one over the other! Instant headache! The Japanese pattern books that I love are all like that! I am going to take Cal Patch's pattern drafting class on Creative Bug soon!

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  16. The tops are lovely, Gina, so girly and so summery.

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  17. Love that top - bet it would be too girly for my daughter though, maybe if I could find a nice camo print .....

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  18. Ooh ooh! I love these! Chelsea would love that style! **off to find the pattern** ps. yes, I'm catching up on my blog reading!

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  19. Is there ANYTHING you cant do! You amaze me...these tops are BEAUTIFUL! Lucky girls..and PRETTY too!

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