Baby Doll Twirl Top Tutorial from Violette Field Threads

on July 9 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 8 Comments

Ericka and Jessica from Violette Field Threads Pattern Company designed this Baby Doll Twirl Top to utilize a fun, new product from Clover that you iron onto fabric to create perfect gathers! It’s easy! The top works for girl sizes 2T through 10 years, and could easily be lengthened into a dress too.

Violette Field Threads Pattern Company has a full range of pretty sewing patterns for women and children. They have lots of great patterns out for summer like the new Caroline and Piper dress patterns for girls. Ericka and Jessica’s work is inspired by vintage fashion, couture designs and their daughters. We recently featured one of their patterns in Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns series; hop over to comment on the Piper Misses Top + Dress feature for a chance to win that pattern! Enjoy the Baby Doll Twirl Top and let us know if you sew one up for these hot summer days.


This is Ericka and Jessica here from Violette Field Threads Pattern Company and we are so excited to share this fun project with you today! We wanted to create a project around an amazing product we stumbled upon while exhibiting at the International Quilt Market this past April. It is a product by Clover called Fuse & Gather, Fusible Gathering Tape.

Being in the business of children’s sewing patterns, we love ruffles. However, we sometimes do not like gathering them all up, especially when we are in a time crunch. Well this awesome product is simply ironed on and then you pull the double threads and end up with a perfect gather every time. We are going to use this to create a sweet little top that is perfect for hot mid-summer afternoons!

The Baby Doll Twirl Top, Sizes 2T- 10 Years

This cute little top is perfect any summertime occasion! It is just darling when paired with leggings or shorts and could be easily lengthened into a dress. The whole project takes less than an hour to make, so you could whip up several of these in an afternoon. Let’s get started with going over our fabric requirements and supplies…

Fabric Requirements (based on 44/45” fabric bolts):

Note: If you are not using a one directional fabric or mixing prints you will be able to use less fabric.

In addition you will need:

  • Sewing Machine, Thread, Pins, Scissors, Measuring Tape + Iron
    ½” Elastic
  • Fuse & Gather; Fusible Gathering Tape by Clover

We have chosen some beautiful fabrics from the Brambleberry Ridge line by Violet Craft for Michael Miller Fabrics. The pinks are so soft and the metallic give it just the right amount of glow for summer.

Measuring + Cutting:
Cut out the pieces according to the chart below:

Now we are ready to sew! We will using a ½” seam allowance unless otherwise instructed throughout the tutorial.

1. Fold both straps in half lengthwise with the right sides touching and iron them flat.

2. Sew the straps together around the long open edge and one short end, leaving one short end open for turning. Trim off ½ of the seam allowance and clip the corner. Turn the straps right side out and iron flat. Top-stitch if desired.

3. Place the straps on top of one bodice front. The right sides should be touching and the straps should be placed approximately 3 1/2” away from each top side edge. The straps should be place at an angle so they crisscross each other on the bodice front and one side edge peeks above the top raw edge of the bodice front. This will allow for the straps to lay flat across the chest when tied into a halter tie.

4. Place the remaining bodice front on top with the right sides touching and the straps sandwiched in between.

5. Sew together along the pinned edge. Trim off ½ of the seam allowance. Turn right side out and iron flat. Top-stitch right along the top edge. Set aside.

6. Apply the Fuse N’Gather to the top raw edge of the skirt front. It is so simple! Lay the Fuse N’Gather on the right side of the fabric with the blue threads face up and run a hot iron over top. You will need to leave ½” of Fuse N’Gather overhanging each side.

7. Tie off one end of the Fuse N’Gather. Pull the two blue threads on the opposite end and watch as it creates perfectly distributed gathers! Gather the skirt up until it is the same width as the bodice top and then tie off the opposite end.

8. Place the skirt front and bodice top together with the right sides touching and the raw edges lining up. Pin the skirt front and top together. Sew together along the pinned seam. Trim off ½ of the seam allowance. For a professional look finish the seam with a serger or a zig zag stitch.

9. Iron the seam allowance up towards the bodice. Top stitch on the right side of the bodice right above the seam. Set aside.

10. Fold the bodice back in half lengthwise with the wrong sides touching and raw edges lining up. Iron flat. Sew a line 3/4” down from the folded top edge to create a casing for the elastic.

11. Repeat steps 6-9 to attach the skirt back to the bodice back.

12. Cut out elastic according to the chart below:

Place a safety pin on one side of the elastic.

13. Guide the elastic into on side of the casing on the bodice back. Continue until the elastic reaches the opposite side. Pin the elastic on both sides and remove the safety pin.

14. Place front and back together with the right sides touching and pin together along both side edges.

15. Sew together along the pinned seam. Trim off ½ of the seam allowance. For a professional look finish the seam with a serger or a zig zag stitch. Iron the seams flat.

16. Hem the raw bottom edge. Turn the bottom edge up 1/4” and iron and then turn up another ½” and iron. Sew right along the folded edge on the wrong side of the fabric. Iron the hem flat.

You have now created the Baby Doll Twirl Top!

Thank you so much to Sew Mama Sew for letting us share our project! We thoroughly hope that you enjoy this fun top. Please come visit us at www.violettefieldthreads.com to see our entire pattern line.

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8 Responses to Baby Doll Twirl Top Tutorial from Violette Field Threads

  1. Nikki says:

    I LOVE this pattern. I have already sewn up 4 of these adorable tops and cannot wait to sew up more! I didn’t have the Fuse N Gather, so of course I gathered the old fashioned way but they still turned out wonderfully!!!!! Thank you so much for a simple and wonderful tutorial and pattern!

  2. Thank you for this great tutorial !!! – it helped me to sew a dress for my DD, just in time for her prom – and I’m only a sewing beginner http://craftsadore.uk/UbhbQd

  3. Kristy says:

    This is beautiful! And what a generous size range! Thank you, looking forward to sewing this up!

  4. Michelle says:

    Thank you for the tutorial!!

  5. Cynthia says:

    Thank you for such a wonderful tutorial and a great introduction to a product that looks like it will be a great addition for getting ruffles/ gathering done faster. ( On a little side note because I’m in the industry and I just tend to notice those things – you need a coverplate on your outlet in the background under your thread.) :)

  6. Heather W. says:

    This is really cute!!!

  7. Michelle says:

    Adorable top–I can’t wait to find some of the Clover tape. Where do they sell it?

  8. Lola Nova says:

    It’s so adorable, I love the fabrics you’ve used :)




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