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Jocole Love

I recently sewed this adorable version of the Everyday Princess top from Jocole patterns. It really is such a lovely sew. I like the look that shirring adds to the back of the top as well as making this top not need any closures--it simply stretches to fit over the child's head.

It would be really fun to recreate your child's favorite princess using this pattern. Really your imagination is the limit here. It would be very easy (and fun) to quickly and easily sew a top for each day of the week. The bottom ruffle is optional, and you can choose to bind the sleeves or use elastic to gather them with to a ruffle finish. I opted for a simple version with my own applique added. I also love how the top stitching really completes the look and adds to the professional finish of this project.
I used rolled hems on my ruffles, sleeves, and the back bodice piece that is shirred. Instructions are given for using a simple hem if you do not have the ability to do a rolled hem. The bodice is fully lined which is a lovely way to hide any stitching from the embellishments that you choose to use.
I created my own applique for this top. I cut a heart shape from fabric and appliqued it to the bodice. For the word love, I used single fold bias tape. I folded it in half and stitched it together. Then I shaped the bias tape into the word love and used a glue stick (my favorite sneaky sewing tool) to hold it all in place while I stitched over the word. Any embellishment that you do needs to be done before you construct the rest of the top. 
Instructions are included for creating the shirred panel for the back bodice. Don't let the shirring scare you away from making this top. It really is fun to do. I like to see the elastic shrink right up after a blast of steam from the iron. This also makes the top quick to sew and easy to put on because there are no other closures--no buttons and button holes, no snaps, no zippers.
The puffy sleeves really add to the "princess" look of this top. I used a rolled hem on the edges and then stitched over a length of narrow elastic to gather the sleeves. Instructions are included for creating a gathered bound edge sleeve as well. (I received this pattern for free in order to participate in this blog tour. I wasn't required to write a positive blog post about it, nor was I required to share about the pattern on social media. I only share with my readers those products and services that I love.)

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Be sure to check out all of the blogs on this tour! Which is your favorite so far?
 Feb 8- Larissa from Connected By a Thread 
 Feb 9- Tibeca from Sewing by Ti 
 Feb 10- Robin from My Little Lady & Gentleman 
 Feb 11- Patricia from Sew Far North 
 Feb 12- Linda from Sew Happily Ever After 
 Feb 15- Larissa from Connected by a Thread 
 Feb 16- Amy from Wally and Grace 
 Feb 17- Melissa fron Rebel & Malice and Sharon from Sweetpea & Pumpkins 
 Feb 18- Ula from Lulu & Celeste 
Feb 19- Teronia from Crazy Crafty Haute Mama and Cindy from Cindy Parrett.com

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