It appears that summer has arrived over here, for this week anyway. The other night I made a Clever Charlotte Sandpiper top – it’s my first Clever Charlotte pattern and it was such a pleasure to sew. And such a cute little summer top (especially with some Class Picnic Shorts!)
The fabric is Kate Spain Bridle Path (I made this top in the green version, and I have a yard of the blue for future use, too) and lined it with a Moda pinstripe in lemon-lime.
The top can be made fully reversible by sewing buttons on both sides, but the print showed through a bit to the lime side, so I decided the lime would be the lining.
This is a size 2 cut to a size 3 length, which seems to work for me with most patterns these days.
I love the simplicity of the pinafore-style, and this pattern has such a nice fit and drape. I did make one change – the two back corners are supposed to dip down into points, but I cut mine so that the back hangs evenly. Because I’m super boring like that.
If you happen to want to be boring like me, just cut off a triangle-ish shaped piece from the bottom left side of the pattern piece. I actually cut the fabric according to the original pattern piece, then crossed the straps and pinned them in place at the buttonhole markings to see where the back pieces would overlap, drew my cut line right on the main fabric, then used that piece as a guide for the lining piece. But it’ll look something like this:
This is a great pattern, and also includes some very unique (and reversible!) capri pants. The construction of the top was super simple (and just one main pattern piece!). And the directions were wonderfully clear, with plenty of helpful diagrams and tips. My kind of pattern!
When I showed the top to Lila, she pointed out that it’s just like the little pinafores her babies wear, which instantly made it very popular. I would’ve sewn it for her way sooner if I’d made that connection myself!