Jordan Top and Dress
I’ve been hoarding this fabric for such a long time. Personally, I’m not a big tie-dye-loving gal, BUT, I will take just about any bright and busy print beyond that (floral prints being my favorite).
I received this fabric in a Girl Charlee Knit Fix box a couple years ago. I’d love to see GirlCharlee.com bring back a mystery box subscription, but they still offer so many other amazing deals like scrap boxes, bundles, half yard cuts, and fabric by the yard. Earlier this week they had a deal on floral which I immediately stocked up on for summer. If you swoon over floral like me, I totally recommend checking out their site. They always have TONS of floral prints.
Back in March, I was scrolling through Facebook when I happened to notice that Brittany with Made for Mermaids made a post in their community group regarding positions they needed to fill. The sisters’ group (Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates) were looking for more seamstresses that wanted to be apart of their pattern testing team. I immediately applied for the position and found out a couple of hours later that I was approved. Ya’ll, I jumped for joy at my desk and about spilled my coffee over, all while my toddler was giving me a strange look while saying “Mom! What is your DEAL?!” I’m absolutely PUMPED to be able to work behind the scenes with such amazing designers and seamstresses.
Quickly after that, I received my first pattern testing call which was the “Jordan Top and Dress”. The Jordan pattern is a youth unisex top that includes three different lengths (straight top, split hem, and dress length), five different sleeve options (sleeveless with bands, short sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, long sleeves, and long sleeves with thumb holes), two neckline options (neckband, unlined/lined hood), and an optional Kangaroo pocket. The sleeves and bottom of the top/dress are hemmed instead of banded which makes this project a breeze to sew up.
I have to say one of my favorite little added extras with Made for Mermaids patterns is that, each pattern has the option to toggle off other sizes when using Adobe Reader. If you’re like me and can’t print in color, I print all of my patterns at the local library, it makes pattern cutting ten times easier.
With only a month left in the school year, and summer quickly approaching, I pulled out my fabric bin to see all the stylish prints I could incorporate into clothing. I'm on a mission to make the boys and I a super fun wardrobe for summer! I stumbled upon this tie-dye fabric again, and as I held it in my hands, the earthy tones made a outdoorsy connection with me. It reminded me of how adventurous the boys are, and how much they love being outdoors. It was fate that I was driven right back to this fabric for the boys because I had a new seamstress project in the works!
For the two matching Jordan shirts I made the boys, I paired the straight top length with short sleeves, a kangaroo pocket, and an unlined hood. This fabric is so light and airy which means these shirts will be perfect when summer finally decides to show up, and the hood will help keep the sun out of their eyes while they’re playing outside.
I don’t own a cover stitch machine so I chose to hem the bottoms using a blind stitch hem on my serger, and the sleeves are hemmed with a zig zag stitch using my sewing machine.
The Jordan Top and Dress is an extremely versatile unisex pattern that comes in sizes 1/2 to 14. You can easily mix and match the different options to fit your needs for any season. There’s even a matching men’s and women’s pattern that you can snag all 3 in one bundle! I’ve already made 5 different tops using this pattern and i’m officially OBSESSED. I think you will be too!
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Here are some other shirts I made using this pattern
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