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Child/Baby Kea Top

Below the Kowhai

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Timeless design for tea parties and adventures.
With this sewing pattern and tutorial you will be able to create an adaptable top that will suit all seasons and occasions.The Kea Top takes its inspiration from the endangered alpine parrot, native to New Zealand. Kea are cheeky, clever, and they adapt to the harsh four seasons that the mountains give them each year.
We know this evergreen pattern will be a wardrobe favourite for your little one as it travels and adapts with her throughout the seasons.
The Kea Top is a feature or layering piece in your child’s wardrobe (paired with the Tui Pinafore, hello!). With Peter Pan or Pussy Bow collar versions, and short or long sleeves you can create a garment for any season and occasion.
The timeless design of the Peter Pan and Pussy Bow collars hint to vintage charm, whilst the clean and simple lines of the design will have you creating modern tops that look effortlessly beautiful.

Sizes; Children’s sizes 1-10
3 collar options (Peter Pan, Pussy Bow, or no collar)
2 sleeve lengths (short and long)
Internal facing for a professional finish
Button and loop closure (no button holes!)
A0 copy shop version, or print at home
Pattern layers included for only printing which size you want
Full tutorial, photos and support to help you create this top
Sewing Level:
The Kea Top has been designed with adventurous beginners in mind. The tutorial will walk you step by step through the process to create your own top and included full colour photographs and instructions.
Adventurous beginners will learn or practice new skills such as inserted sleeves, button and loop closure and neckline facings. If you have some previous experience in sewing and feel confident in giving these skills a go, you’ll enjoy this thorough tutorial which will walk you through the process step by step.
The more advanced will appreciate the professional finish of the pattern and the versatility of the Kea Top.
Fabric Suggestions:
Main Fabric: Light – medium weight cotton, poly cotton, linen, rayon, Japanese lawn, chambray etc.
You may also like to use contrasting fabric for the collars or facing.
Peter Pan collar: If using light weight fabric for the collar, consider using iron on interfacing to strengthen it.
Pussy Bow collar: We especially recommend rayon, or other similar fabrics, for the bow to drape nicely.
Fit and Ease of the Kea Top:
The Kea Top pattern is perfect for all seasons and has been designed to be an evergreen pattern for your child’s wardrobe.
You’ll love the semi-fitted nature of the Kea Top. It has been created as a feature or layering garment, along with enough length to comfortably tuck into garments like the Tui Pinafore or Mānuka Skirt.
The pattern includes 2 sleeve lengths (short and long) and a sleeve adjustment guide has been included on the pattern piece for a custom length sleeve.
This pattern has been created using Standard American Measurements and the sizing might seem different to what you usually buy in stores. Therefore, use the size the chart says you are to fit the chest, and if required, lengthen or shorten the pattern as needed.

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 This pattern is not available for purchase because it can only be bought directly from the designer Below the Kowhai here.


Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Linen

Make time

Half a day

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

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