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May-Belle tops

A few months ago I had the pleasure of test sewing for Lisa of Crafty Mamas.  Lisa has released a number of patterns, and her Cherish dress and Lovely Layers top/tunic are on frequent rotation in my wardrobe.  It was a no-brainer that I would jump at the chance to test a pattern for my daughters – the May-Belle top.

May-Belle top version 2

This is a long-sleeved, knit top that comes in a few variations. I gave them all a go! The striped one has a ruffle at the front and back, and balloon sleeves that are gathered at the wrist with elastic in a casing. I used viscose for Clare’s version, which draped beautifully. I also made one for Stella from a stretch lace.

May-Belle top version 2

Another version just has the balloon sleeves but the ruffle only across the lower back. I made this for Stella from a high quality cotton/lycra. She loves it!

May-Belle top version 3

May-Belle top version 3

Then there is the version with balloon sleeves but a straight front and back. I made one of those for Clare in a fairly stable cotton knit.

May-Belle top version 1

Now I have to be honest – I don’t really use instructions much at all when sewing up simple knit tops like these. As far as I am concerned the important thing is the drafting and the way that the pattern pieces fit together and fit in the finished product. Lisa is spot on with this.

May-Belle top version 2

These are super fast to run up, and if you wanted a plain straight sleeve instead of the balloon sleeve that would be very easy to do. I used my twin needle to secure the hems and to secure the neckbands.  Otherwise most assembly was done on the overlocker.  Both my daughters have worn these a lot since I made them back in late September, and I know that I’ll use this pattern again in the future.

May-Belle top version 3

May-Belle tops version 1 and version 3


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