Top Knot Blog Tour – Pattern Hack



Top Knot Romper PDF Pattern by Chalk and Notch sewn by Candice Ayala of CandiceAyala.com || Top Knot Tour : Pattern Hack

Happy Thursday Lovelies!

Welcome to my stop on Chalk and Notch’s Top Knot Blog Tour! 3 Days, 3 Themes all around creating a version of Romper, Dress and Tunic.

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There is also a long sleeve version of each style included in the pattern.

Today’s theme is “Pattern Hack” and I’m excited to share with you my mini hack. It’s always a plus, when you can use a pattern to create something entirely different by making a few small adjustments. Typically when I’m hacking a pattern, I’ll probably use zippers instead of buttons, add pockets where there weren’t any before, or make a sleeved pattern sleeveless – but I wanted to do something a little different this time. When I tested this pattern back in May, I did the Romper version (you can view that post HERE), so I had my mind set on making a maxi dress version for the tour – but along the way I realized that Abigail was in need of some new tops, and why buy them when I could just make them right? So, I hacked the Top Knot Romper, Dress and Tunic into a very simple top.

Top Knot Romper PDF Pattern by Chalk and Notch sewn by Candice Ayala of CandiceAyala.com || Top Knot Tour : Pattern Hack Top Knot Romper PDF Pattern by Chalk and Notch sewn by Candice Ayala of CandiceAyala.com || Top Knot Tour : Pattern Hack

Can you tell I’m becoming slightly obsessed with mixing fabric patterns and chambray? ;P Here is my hack break down:

  1. I  added an inch more to the hem of the front and back pattern piece to allocate for a hem.
  2. I cut the front pattern piece on the FOLD at the “center front line” which gave me one full front piece (originally it should be two front pieces)
  3. I cut two mirrored pieces of the back pattern and added an inch to the “middle ends” to allocate for a button placket in back and
  4. used bias tape to finish sleeves and hem.

I wanted to keep the elements I liked about the original pattern, so I kept the front pleats, and added two small fabric covered buttons to add a touch of cuteness in place of where the button placket was originally.

Top Knot Romper PDF Pattern by Chalk and Notch sewn by Candice Ayala of CandiceAyala.com || Top Knot Tour : Pattern Hack

I put the button placket in the back,  and of course I used snaps instead of buttons (one day I’ll conquer my fear of unevenly measured button hole spaces) and covered them in matching fabric again. I did a small tutorial on How to Cover Snaps with Fabric HERE when I made the Romper version of this pattern.

Top Knot Romper PDF Pattern by Chalk and Notch sewn by Candice Ayala of CandiceAyala.com || Top Knot Tour : Pattern Hack

Instead of sleeve cuffs, I finished the sleeves with bias tape made from the floral fabric. I also used the same bias tape to finish the hem of the top.

Top Knot Romper PDF Pattern by Chalk and Notch sewn by Candice Ayala of CandiceAyala.com || Top Knot Tour : Pattern Hack Top Knot Romper PDF Pattern by Chalk and Notch sewn by Candice Ayala of CandiceAyala.com || Top Knot Tour : Pattern HackTop Knot Romper PDF Pattern by Chalk and Notch sewn by Candice Ayala of CandiceAyala.com || Top Knot Tour : Pattern Hack Top Knot Romper PDF Pattern by Chalk and Notch sewn by Candice Ayala of CandiceAyala.com || Top Knot Tour : Pattern Hack

Not a very elaborate hack, but super cute and stylish right?? It’s fun and breezy and she actually wore it the entire afternoon without asking to take it off – these days that’s considered a win! I still want to make the maxi version of this pattern, so you may be seeing that one eventually. ;)

If you’d like a chance to win this pattern Gabriela, has graciously offered a FREE Top Knot, Romper and Dress Pattern to one of my lucky readers. All you need to do is comment below (on this blog post) and tell me which version you’d love to make! The winner will be chosen randomly at the end of the tour! May the sewing gods be ever in your favor!! xoxo

But it gets better, if you don’t want to chance winning this pattern, there is a site wide sale going on now on Chalk and Notch, and you can use the the coupon code: tkt20 to get 20% off your entry order. [Offer ends midnight July 01, 2016]

AND don’t forget to enter the giveaway via the rafflecopter below for your chances to win some great prizes from these sponsors:

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Thank you for stopping by today and be sure to visit the amazing lineup of bloggers for ALL THE THEMES HERE. I’m always floored by all the awesome creativity I get to be a part of!

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10 Comments on Top Knot Blog Tour – Pattern Hack

  1. sosoabricot
    July 7, 2016 at 4:05 pm (1 year ago)

    Sooo cute ! I love your version !

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  2. Diana@Bioka
    July 1, 2016 at 5:52 am (1 year ago)

    Beautiful! I would give this top a try :)

    Reply
  3. Karly Nelson
    June 30, 2016 at 7:47 pm (1 year ago)

    These patter hacks are making want to make a whole wardrobe of Top Knot Rompers and dresses! LOVE the buttons in the back!

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    • Candice Ayala
      July 1, 2016 at 7:13 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you Karly! I feel the same way, Make all the Top Knots!!

      Reply
  4. Indu
    June 30, 2016 at 7:19 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow your seam lines and sewing are such absolute perfection Candice! Love the summer shirt!

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  5. Gabriela
    June 30, 2016 at 6:29 pm (1 year ago)

    What a surprise!! I love this blouse :) such a perfect summer staple! XOXO

    Reply

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