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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Allie Oop- possibly my new favorite Brownie Goose pattern!

It is no secret that I love Brownie Goose patterns- the vintage/classic look is one that has always been a favorite for me. I adore the way that Amy writes her instructions- it's like just sitting down to sew with a friend. And friends, let me tell you, this newest pattern is seriously going to give the Tilly some stiff competition on my cutting board.... I introduce to you the Allie Oop top:

Allie Oop is a sweet swing top with a delicate keyhole opening in front and options for either a tie front or button loop/button closure. I mean does it get any sweeter?

The shoulders feature these cute button flaps that button in the back of the top for a precious surprise in the back. And I will let you in on a little secret- most you won't HAVE to do real buttonholes. The fit is generous enough with the keyhole opening that we could easily get it on/off without functional buttons. Only a couple of testers said they HAD to do buttonholes- but no worries if you do need buttonholes the pattern will walk you through it no problem- you can even get away with one functional button so you don't have to sweat it through two of them.

I chose to use some basic fabrics for this test- a Moda Bella solid for the soft pink and a peppered brown solid for the bodice and coordinating Darby shorts. I accented with a gorgeous lace trim along the curved hemline and on the Darby tabs and my favorite brown wooden "Three Penguins" buttons.

The construction of this top is easy enough for an advanced beginner in my opinion, as Amy carefully walks you through each step from cutting & creating your bias for the armholes and ties to fully enclosing your gathers in the bodice. Making bias is always the hardest part for me... I swear I will have no fingerprints one day soon...

This sweet pattern can be made in either a top length or dress length- and the pattern includes instructions for adding/removing length from that curved hem if you need to do so. I am hoping to sew up the dress version very soon!

Fully digitized pattern pieces included for sizes 6-12 months all the way up to size 12. This top is even adorable on the older girls- especially paired with some skinny jeans for school- totally age appropriate and modest for school! I am secretly hoping for a ladies version as well...

I just adore the way this top bells out at the bottom- such a sweet sweet silhouette. Here are just a "few" more shots for inspiration... did I mention I love this top yet???

Run on over to the Brownie Goose Etsy shop to pick up your Allie Oop releasing THIS FRIDAY!

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