This top or knit dress comes packaged with the Hopscotch skirt pattern and provides you with many different sewing options.
The top/dress portion of this pattern is designed for knit fabrics with at least 25% stretch. The City Weekend knits are great for this and have much more than 25% stretch. But you’re certainly not limited to just our fabric. You can use jersey, textured knits, or any interlock fabric as long as it has at least 25% stretch. I’ll explain more about different knits and how to measure stretch in another post.
I like the styling of this top because it looks great on children at every age. The front yoke is slightly gathered, and the binding at the neck takes advantage of the stretch in knits. It fits over the head without being too wide when the top or dress is worn.
And isn’t it nice not to have any closures like buttons or zippers? That alone might convince you to try sewing with knits. Remember how I said that sewing with knits is fast? The lack of closures certainly contributes to this.
Of course you can make this style with long sleeves (View A) or short sleeves (View B), and either as a top (View A) or a dress (View B). Mix the two views to get lots of options. In the photo above we combined the short sleeves from View B with the View A top.
The dress version looks great with sandals in the summer or tights and boots in the winter. We mixed two different City Weekend interlock prints to give the dress in this photo a contrast yoke.
The dress could also be used to make a cute, comfortable nightgown. And, speaking of sleepwear, you could combine the top (View A) with the Nature Walk pants to make a set of extra-comfortable knit pajama set for some special little girl.