I was so lucky to be a pattern tester for this extremely cute Kaleidoscope Top a few months ago. It took a few tweaks to get it to fit Hannah just right, but now I LOVE it.
The pattern has the option of a boxy bodice or a flared bottom, and I went for the flare all the way.
It is a perfect little tunic top length. Great for a mild autumn morning of picking “yucky berries that only the birdies eat because they’re so yucky” as I called them, to re-enforce how inedible they were. And it wasn’t too fancy for some berry stomping and squashing.
The only modifications I made to the pattern were taking in the armpit area about 2 inches so that it was a little more fitted on her torso, and the sleeves are 1 1/2 inches shorter. It still has that boxy look but fits her little frame a bit better.
I love the sleeves on this top. They’re boxy, wide, and just below the elbow. I added a band of pink stripe fabric leftover from this top for a little contrast as to make it look a little more little girlish.
The yellow berries were just too pretty to resist, just like my girl.
Now, I cannot mention this top without being reminded of the following…
The first time I made this top it was a bit too big overall, particularly in the sleeve/ underarm area, and I kept singing “She’s a maniac, maniac on the floor…” when she had it on. The whole “gray sweatshirt off the shoulder” thing totally reminded me of Flashdance, except without all the, well, flash dancing. She quickly picked it up and started singing it too, although she sings, “She’s a may-di-a, may-di-a on the floor…” and will not be corrected.
As we were headed outside that day, I asked Hannah if she would stop for a second so I could take her picture, and she did this. I have no idea where this major pose came from, but she held still in this position for a few seconds saying “cheeeeeeeeeese” until I took her picture. I originally just laughed at her, but then I did take her picture since she was working it so much. I honestly have no idea where this came from. The little rascal.