the Libby top

So. Wanna hear about how I named this top? In my head, I started calling it the Bibby top, since it kind of has a bib shape on it. Then of course I rhymed it with Libby. So it’s the Bibby Libby top. Or just the Libby top, since I should probably try to maintain some sense of normalcy and sanity around here. (BWAH!)

And yes, I know that the bottom button should be a little higher. It bugs me, but not as much as it would bug me to take apart this shirt. I made it from some of the fabric I got from this estate sale.
The pieces I had were hard to work with, hence this design!

It has a fun bib/scoop/thingy on the front, which is gathered below that, and buttons up the front. Also has some slightly poofy gathered sleeves.

I adore this fabric, and this top is slightly big on Sadie, so yay for her wearing it longer!
Sooo….I’m officially announcing this month’s sew-along! It’s this shirt. big surprise! 
Supply list below!
You’ll need:
fabric (amount depends on the size of your child. I probably used less than a yard total for a 3T size.)
coordinating fabric for bib-a fat quarter would be enough for most sizes
1/8″ elastic
Edit:  I’ll show you how to make the pattern you’ll need. Don’t worry, it’s an easy one!
The sew-along will start and run Sept 19-22!  
(Edit: this will be a three day sew-along, so it will only run Sept 19-21!)
Are you in?


  1. Ugh, now I not only wish that the rest of my house was unpacked enough that I felt safe unpacking my sewing machine, but I’m missing fall weather as well!! You’re such a tease, Jess. And a motivator. Now if only you could convince this locale to reach temperatures below 80 at any point in the year….
    🙂 A

  2. I am so in. I have been looking for a shirt pattern like this for the autumn. So excited!

  3. I so would be, if I had children!

    Sadly the niece is growing so fast that she’d outgrow it by the time I was halfway done XD yay growth spurts :s


  4. AArgh! I’m about to move house, so I think I’ll have to skip this sew-along (for hubby’s sake, if not my own). I missed the Junebug dress too, this is another great item to add to the “Go back and do” list! It looks darling on Sadie.

  5. Yes I am definately in!!!!

  6. So So Cute! If I had more time, I would definitely be in! Love it!

  7. I’m in. I was just looking for the motivation to use up some of my stash and make my daugther some more clothes for school. This is the perfect fall shirt. I cannot wait until Monday, I’m already thinking of which fabric to use.

  8. Let’s go girls!
    I’m in… just 5 days to go and I STILL need some supplies.
    Allright, I am oficially stressed

  9. I am so in! This shirt will be perfect for my girls this fall! It is already getting cold here and it is still September!

  10. OMG!!! TO CUTE!!

  11. Hey, I like the name Bibby Libby! 😀 And I love the fabric!! And I so heart that shirt!! I’m in!

  12. I’m definitely in! I’m a sewing roll and my little girls need some shirts for school! Can’t wait! 🙂

  13. Definitley in! My daughter “really needs” some new clothes for school-lol Heading to Joann’s today for some buttons and elastic 🙂

  14. I am SO in – that will look adorable on my granddaughters! I’ve got all the stuff – I’ll be ready on the 19th!

  15. Yes, I’m SO ready! I love this top, perfect with a pair of skinny jeans!

  16. My hubby will be away on business all that week, so I’m in! He won’t care how long I stay up. LOL

    I have some cute Christmas fabric, I think I’ll get a jump start on that!!

  17. Love it!! I’m going to try my best to get organized this weekend and sew along.

  18. in…

  19. It’s adorable!

  20. i am in!

  21. I’m in – never participated in a sew along…might have to make it longer for my little girl who will only wear dresses of skirts – but this will be so cute as a dress with some leggings.

  22. K…I’m in but I’m really just a sewing-want-to-be but come from a long line of seamstresses…..I’m ready and hopefully I can keep up with you girls!

  23. so Adorable! I had to tumblr it 😀

  24. I’m in! I’m in! I’ve never done a sew-along before, but I’m going to give it a try! What kind of fabric do you recommend??

  25. I would love to, but I have never sewn clothing without a pattern!

  26. This is so sweet, Jess. The little red buttons are adorable.

  27. I am in! I have the perfect fabric in mind for the shirt. Now to find the coordinating bib fabric & buttons. I can’t wait. I was just searching for fall clothing tutorials. Can’t wait

  28. I think I’m in….time depending, but would love to give it a try. I have a month old baby girl, Maela, so time is sometimes at a premium! Thank you for offering your sew alongs…I love all your stuff! 🙂

  29. This shirt is lovely…i would love to give it a go. A silly question, sorry – are you going to release the pattern on Monday or have I misunderstood?

  30. I’m in. Jess, I love how you motivate us to sew. Thanks!

  31. ooh, my first sew along. This top is seriously too cute, hopefully my 4 year old will agree to wear it. She is on strike from wearing handmade clothes this week…this should win her over though!

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