The Skipper Top

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Sad to say, but the third child really does get the fuzzy end of the lollypop sometimes. Although my little Tiny has commandeered much of time over the last two years, she has benefited very little from my sewing talents. She got priority numero one in a lot of things, but clothing wasn’t one of them, poor little Dear. This girl has been toddling around in rags, and that’s the honest truth. She has one halfway decent shirt (that’s not completely stained gray or completely to small), and nary a pair of leggings without some serious knee nastiness or holes. She’s a regular ragamuffin, and she doesn’t even know it. So as soon as I was done with Sewing Summit and back to school sewing for Twinkle and all the other sewing obligations I had, her wardrobe finally reached it’s rightful place at the top of my to-do list.  When Abbey emailed me about joining her Skipper Top pattern tour, I immediately agreed because it looked like a quick, comfortable, cute and customizeable staple for her. I love this shirt!! I’ve already made three versions of it for her, and know I’ll use it again and again. And it’s so fast! I can make it and a simple pair of leggings (like the ones she’s wearing, pattern from Ottobre), in under an hour for sure!

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After I had traced the pattern for this top, I looked down and this beautiful Marc Jacobs cotton from Mood was peeping out from my fabric storage at me. I only bought like a 1/3 of a yard of this beauty (and was planning to make something like this for myself with it), but after a quick mental mock up it seemed like a perfect little fall piece for Tiny. And I think I’ll still have enough (hopefully) for my project.

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The only changes I made were to flare out slightly the back piece in order to accommodate for the woven fabric, and I twisted the neck band piece because I’ve been into that lately (tutorial forthcoming!)

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Adorable, right? Of course right. She was totally rocking it today, and now she has FOUR decent shirts, which makes me four shirts closer to being an adequate mom. This perfect little shirt may be my easy ticket to respectability!



Just a moment to birthday bomb your blog and say, HAPPPPPYYY BIRTHDAY!!!

And twinkles looks so marvelous in her new loot, and the perfect colors and my what a BEAUTY she is growing to be!

John Wayne voice: Good work, little lady!!


I love the skipper top, and the seafarer top. It is an awesome set of patterns.
And that shirt looks adorable on your little one!


Miriam, your version is gorgeous! And Tiny, oh my goodness, I just want to kiss her sweet beautiful face! You are very much an adequate mother. I got the hand me downs – and let me tell you, they were OLD, cause my sister is 12 years older than me, so you can imagine what an outdated child I was. My parents did their best. And you are a much better mom than you think. So happy that Tiny has 4 new shirts now!

yam b fan

Woaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Tiny is a-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-o-r-a-b-l-e!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love that she’s walkin’ in these pix, I love that she’s rockin’ in these pix. The colors and fabrics are absolutely deLISH! Perfect for her (they’ll be perfect for you, too)! One look at that happy little face and you can see that there’s a LOT that is just right in her world! Happy Birthday, you terrific mad sewin’ Mim-Mom, you!


Wait, today is your birthday??? Happy birthday! Hope you eat lots of cake and have a fabulous day Mim! Thanks again for joining in on the tour, especially on such an important day ;).

Tracy King

I hope you are only joking about shirts being how you decide you are an adequate mom and a respectable one!! I obviously haven’t met you in person but you seem to fall into the supermom category in more ways than one. Tiny is so adorable and lucky to have such a loving family. Have a great day and thanks for sharing with us.


She is too cute! Ha ha, I refer to my nieces and nephews as ragamuffins and I don’t think my sisters like it! It’s an endearing term. That looks like a great top.

I don’t have kids, so I’m usually not as interested in children’s sewing projects BUT my SIL is expecting her first, a baby boy, this spring and I’m so excited to make things for the little guy!


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