Little Betty Top Pattern Tour

Little Betty Top Pattern Tour

I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Little Betty Top Blog Tour! Suz from SewPony has designed a vintage inspired top with a long sleeve, short sleeve, and sleeveless variation. It has a banded sleeve, waistband, and neckline which eliminates the need for hemming knits. But the standout feature is the ruffles!

When choosing fabric for your ruffle, consider that the underside will show. These aren’t limp, skimpy, wuss ruffles. These are big, spectacular ruffles that beg to be noticed!

I wasn’t able to get out during the storm to pick up ribbing that the Little Betty Top calls for. I used pink solid interlock for my ruffles, cuffs and bands. Interlock has more stretch than jersey, so it was my best bet. I cut according to the pattern and stretched and pinned until it fit. Interlock has a good “memory”, so a little steam fixes any stretching.

Not all fabric is create equal. If you use something other than the ribbing the pattern was designed for, make sure it has enough stretch to fit. You can always add a little width to the neckband, sleeve cuffs and banded waist if you need to.

There’s a little button loop closure in back. I used a shiny, iridescent vintage button that reflects pink and purple. But I forgot to pull up Sofie’s hair to show you!

Twin needle “tunneling” creates the look of piping in knit fabrics. Fun stuff!

Okay, so there’s a secret reason I love this pattern so much. Around kindergarten, I had this Rainbow Bright dress that looked exactly like the Little Betty Top, but with a full, twirly skirt and capped sleeves. I wore that thing until it was a shirt. It was my favorite outfit ever, 25 years later I still remember it! So I’ll show you my Little Betty dress soon:)

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour. With each stop, you’ll want the Little Betty Top pattern even more. If your New Year’s resolution put you on a pattern shopping diet: This Will Be A Trigger. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Use promo code BETTYTOUR1 at SewPony to receive $1 off through the 21st!

About The Author

Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!

7 Comments

  1. Amy of while wearing heels

    You are so cute. Where is the flashback picture to you in your favorite Rainbow Bright dress?

    This top is adorable. You always make such beautiful things…and you make them so well.

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  2. Annie

    Pink, purple and ruffles! You put everything a little girl would love into this top! :D I can see this will be a lovely dress, looking forward to seeing it!

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  3. Claire

    Great top and lovely fabric Amy :)

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  4. Paula Yerger

    Love your color combination Looks like a cozy,cute sweater!

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  5. Donna

    Amy, I love your fabrics! I am trying to convince Rachel that we need this pattern. Great straight stitching lines too. Mine seem to be wavy just when they need to be straight!

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  6. Gina

    Adorable top; Sofia totally rocks it!!! Your stitching is perfect and you always choose fun fabrics! Your ruffles are perfect and I would never guess you used a non recommended fabric. Great job using what you had. You are making it hard to stay on my pattern diet. Did you really have to leave us with a Friday cliff hanger?!…I can’t wait to see your dress version:)

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