Ruffle Sleeve Toddler Top

Hey friends!  Last weekend our family went away to Folly Beach, SC.  It was SO relaxing.  The beach is probably my favorite place on earth and a long stay with family is my favorite way to enjoy.  This was Rora's first visit to the ocean, which made it extra special.  


Before our trip, I decided to make baby something new to wear.  I've had these fabrics paired with some purchased toddler separates, just waiting for their making moment.  All fabrics are Cotton & Steel, from various collections.

Since the royal blue plaid shorts are peachy perfect for the beach, I launched a search for a cute little top to pair with them.  This Sparkle Power tutorial fit the bill.  It makes a simple ruffle sleeve top.  


What do you think?  We love it!  It was easy to sew and is just as easy to wear.  The top is basically a tube top, with an elasticized top band and elasticized sleeves.  That makes it so easy to get on and off.


The tutorial is written for a 4T/5T and includes measurements for making a 2T/3T as well.  Rora wears as size 18 months/2T.  In case your little person needs this smaller size, here are some notes:

  • Cut the shirt body 12.5" x 28"
  • Cut the sleeves (2) at 5.5" x 12"
  • Use 20" long 1" elastic for the body
  • Use (2) 9" long 1/4" or 3/8" elastics for the sleeves

I used regular elastic.  After washing the top, the sleeves do want to roll.  When I make another, I'll buy non-roll elastic for the sleeves.  If you use regular elastic, plan to press the sleeves to stabilize after washing.


Rora took some time warming up to the idea of the ocean, but she did take right to the sand, armed with her favorite yellow sandbox shovel. Big holes in the sand, buckets of water, and plenty of sand to roll around in - what more could a toddler want?  


Well, except for yet another bucket of water...