This is Amy Butler’s Easy Empire Waist Top from her Little Stitches for Little Ones book. The “easy” part is a misnomer. While I do love Amy Butler fabrics and have the utmost respect for how talented she is, I have to say the instructions for this pattern were very confusing and could have used some more diagrams. Once I figured out what the instructions were trying to say, it wasn’t bad at all and in fact, I’m thinking of making another one for my daughter, Emily. I made this one above for my good friend who is having a baby in a few weeks and can’t wait to see the baby in it!
I chose to use two Michael Miller’s Lush Modern Lotus in pink and Michael Miller’s Bonne Amies Petit Point in pink for this top and I think they look quite nice together, don’t you? Here are some close ups of the top to show it’s features:
I also made the Kimono Style PJ Pants from the same book. These were very simple and easy to work up, though the pattern called for a 20″ elastic band which was too big for the pants. I ended up using only about 16″ for the 3-6 month size.
All in all, I love how the outfit came out and I’m really excited to see it being worn by a baby. It’s the first pattern that I’ve attempted in this Amy Butler book although I’ve owned this book for over a year and have bookmarked many of the patterns. Wishful thinking, I guess. Hopefully I’ll be able to get to some more of them because I do love Amy Butler and am hoping my issues with this particular pattern was just a fluke.
Let me know what you think and if you’ve completed this project yourself, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!