Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Tinny Top: A Flip this Pattern Series from Frances Suzanne

Okaaaay- so I just did my first flip of StraightGrain's awesome Tinny pattern and I'm really loving the idea of these 'flips.' Flipping a pattern means personalizing a piece of clothing to reflect the tastes of the wearer or any fanciful idea that the sewist can come up with!

The Tinny dress already comes with so many fantastic options in the sleeves, collars, and skirt and An from StraightGrain provided an amazingly clear tutorial with the pattern (perfect for beginners.) I loved the pattern on first sight- it's a bit vintage and a whole lot ladylike and that's the style I love for myself and my daughter. That's why I was so excited to learn that August's Flip This Pattern series would be focusing on the Tinny! So without further ado, here's my first flip:

I wanted to go with a completely different color scheme than I usually do for K. She thinks these are 'boy' colors so I dressed it up with some eyelet ribbon at the hems and at the v-insert on the front bodice. For that little detail, I simply sewed layer after layer of the ribbon onto the V that I cut out of the front and then sewed it back in.

I really love the girly striped bow. And even if peplum tops are supposedly on their way out the door, I still love the trend and K looks like such a little lady in them.

I paired the flipped Tinny top with a simple knit skirt. It probably isn't very smart to use white but gosh darn it, I really love the crisp white with pastels. It's fresh, clean (for now, ha!) crisp and summery. And it really is still summer despite the cool weather we've been experiencing lately!

This was a simple flip as this was my first go-round. I have another slightly more complicated one in the works which would be wearable in fall. I'm so excited about it too because it's going to be slightly '70s mod! This Tinny pattern is so fun to play with! 

Haha- she is striking a serious model pose above, isn't she?

I'm obsessed with peter pan collars. They are darling!

I love this little ladylike outfit. I almost made leggings with the white knit but am so glad I went with a skirt instead! Maybe I will make leggings for it just to create a more casual look but the focus today is more about the top than the skirt and I just felt like emphasizing the ladylike lines of the Tinny top.

Thanks for stopping by today! I can't wait to share my second flip for the Tinny dress pattern. I hope it works out as I planned! =)


  1. So cute! And as for the white...that's what oxy clean if for. I love white on little girls.

    1. Thank you! I will definitely go get Oxy Clean now that she's going to have a few more white pieces added to her wardrobe!

  2. A gorgeous outfit for a gorgeous little miss :) I love the colours, and the v on the bodice is very - VERY - cute and original :)

  3. She is quite a little lady. I love white! And there is nothing a little Clorox can't do:) :)

  4. That is one gorgeous outfit Julia!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  5. How sweet!! I can't imagine lining up the rows upon rows of eyelet....and the way your stripes lined up in the back is pretty amazing! Great FLIP! So glad to see you link up!!

  6. Great work! And your daughter is SO cute!! Thanks for sharing at Give Me the Goods!

    Rachel @ Maison de Pax

  7. You've used lots of interesting details making for such a sweet flip!


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