I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot lately with little girl sewing patterns. It couldn’t have happened at a better time. Ivy has very little cold-weather clothing in her closet, and I’ve been busy sewing her a fall and winter wardrobe. Today’s pattern is the Betty Skirt by Shaffer Sisters. And friends, I love this one.
It’s simple and sweet, classic and fashionable.
First, the nitty gritty of the pattern itself. The Betty Skirt runs in sizes infant through 16. Huge, HUGE size range. There are four different views you can sew, with full instructions included for each. The pattern prints nicely, goes together without a hitch, and the instructions are thorough and clear with line-drawing illustrations accompanying more steps.
For Ivy’s Betty, I went for the gathered-skirt-with-placket option. I used a medium-weight denim, wanting to get as much wear out of this skirt, since denim goes with pretty much anything. I decided to fully embrace the denim, and used gold jean topstitching thread throughout. I also added an extra row of topstitching to the bottom of the skirt yoke and side seams, just because it seemed the right thing to do.
The instructions also explain how to do a faux or real placket. I went with faux. The elastic waist is more than easy enough to get the skirt on and off without a problem at all. Because of that elasticized waist, getting a custom fit is so easy. This is really important for me, since Ivy is so tiny and doesn’t really fit into any standard sizing very well. Four shiny gold shank buttons finish off the denim Betty.
I also made the top to go with the skirt. It’s the Kensington Top by Hey!June Patterns. So quick and easy to sew up. I screwed up the sleeve gathers, because I’m gathering-challenged. But I think it pairs perfectly with the Betty Skirt, which, somehow, I did a really good job gathering.
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Top: Kensington Dress & Top Pattern by Hey!June Handmade, size 2. Fabric is interlock knit from Funkalicious Fabrics
Skirt: Betty Skirt Pattern by Shaffer Sisters, size 18 months. Fabric is medium-weight denim from Nuttal’s in SLC.
Shoes: Squeakers (with squeak removed, because, seriously, those things are annoying!) I was given the Betty Skirt in exchange for my review. My review is, I adore this skirt pattern and plan on using it for years and years to come!