“Jane, Charlotte, or Kwik Sew Kutie 3169” – Decisions, decisions, decisions…..
Do I really have to choose just one? These three peasant top patterns for children DO have their differences! I actually like to use all three of them – depending on the purpose of the garment. “Jane” by Children’s Corner Patterns and “Charlotte” by Bonnie Blue have been frequently the “go-to” patterns when making simple dresses, tops and nightgowns for the granddaughters. However, this week, I wanted to use a new Italian cotton with lycra – and because of the stretch in the fabric, I felt like it should be a little more fitted. So, taking a fresh look at the Kwik Sew 3169, I decided to give it a whirl. I liked using this pattern – lower front neckline, little puff sleeves, more fitted body – so made it 3 times in 3 days!
Here is a little more info comparing finished garment measurements of the three patterns, top/blouse in a size 6:
Jane: Charlotte: Kwik Sew Kutie:
1. Chest: 37″ 36″ 30 1/2″
2. Circumference of Hem: 44 1/2″ 40″ 29 1/2″
3. Width of Short Sleeve: 14″ 15 1/2″ 11 1/2″
4. Back Neck to Hem: 16 1/4″ 14″ 15 1/4″
5. Front Neck to Hem: 15 3/4″ 13 1/2″ 12 3/4″
This style pattern has unlimited possibilities, and each of these patterns offers something unique and special!
“Jane“, by Children’s Corner Patterns, includes both a dress and top as well as cute pull-on slim, unlined pants with elastic back and front waistband. Seam allowances are 1/4”, and pattern is printed on tissue paper with each pattern piece printed separately. This comes in 2 size ranges: 1-3 or 4-6.
“Charlotte”, by Bonnie Blue Designs, includes several versions for dresses and tops. Sleeve patterns included for flutter sleeve, short sleeve, and long sleeve. Pattern included for knit leggings in 3 lengths: Ankle, capri and shorts length with optional ruffles. Seam allowances are 3/8″. Pattern is printed on heavy paper, and it will be necessary to trace the pattern pieces. However, size ranges include 12 months through 8 years.
“Kwik Sew Kutie #3169” includes two blouse versions and pattern for a patchwork pull-on A-line skirt. Seam allowances are 1/4″. Pattern is printed on heavy paper, and it will be necessary to trace the pattern pieces. Size range includes sizes 4-14 (XS, S, M, L, XL).
White blouse (above left) is Italian cotton with lycra and is ideal for the Kwik Sew #3169 because the fabric has stretch and can have a comfortable closer fit. This is a very cute fabric with rows of pintucks!
Green & white striped seersucker (above right) is also a cotton/lycra – and makes a very comfy little top and shorts.
Love having these three patterns in my “sewing library” – quick, cute, easy, versatile!! Good for all shapes and sizes, too!