“Jane”, “Charlotte” or “Kwik Sew Kutie”?

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“Caribbean Breeze” – Pattern “Charlotte” by Bonnie Blue Designs

“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!

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