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Eloise | Townmouse Patterns

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Let me introduce you to the new Townmouse pattern: The Eloise gathered top.

Eloise Collage

I can not tell how much I’m in love with this lovely summer top (nevertheless, if you follow this blog, you may already know how much I love Townmouse patterns).

This top went straight to the top of my “wish-list” when I first spotted on Townmouse blog. So, when Kristine decided to make it a pdf pattern, I knew it was going to be huge success (and I was so lucky to get to try it).

As all Townmouse patterns, the Eloise gathered top is beautifully constructed (more on this later) and echoes the elegant, timeless children-wear that I favor when dressing my girl/kids.


It’s a very simple top with a gathered front and ruffled cap sleeves. There are no buttons nor zippers which makes it really easy (and fast) to sew.

My first option was this gorgeous Liberty Tatum I had in my stash (probably half-meter). I love the muted colors and delicate print.


Unfortunately the weather is still cloudy and rainy so the saga for good outside pictures is still on (and most of indoor pictures still reflect the poor lightning). Still, we managed to get a few rays of sunlight (in between the rain …).


Nevertheless, waiting for good sunlight allowed me to experiment with other versions.

Eloise Swan#61

Next, and although quilting cotton is not my first option for clothes (blame it on the international shipping costs), I made version using a swan print from the newest Sommer collection from Sarah Jane (her children illustrations are always amazing) combined with white broderie anglaise (sorry, couldn’t locate the source).

Eloise Swan#11

I was not quite sure if this combination would work, but my girl really love it!

Eloise Swan#10

Eloise Swan#9

For my third version, I used a navy gingham (from Ratucos) and a lovely lace trim.

The outcome was a basic top that I know will be perfect to combine with white shorts during the summer season.

Eloise Gingham#11

The pattern advises you to use french seams for the side seams. And I strongly recommend that you follow it, especially if you love beautiful insides as much as I do …

Eloise Gingham#Collage1

The pictures above show the top inside-out. Isn’t it beautiful?

Obviously, my girl didn’t wear it like that, but I’m pretty sure she could …

Eloise Gingham#5

Now, if only the rain could stop for more than a brief seconds …

We’re so really for summer …

Technical info

Pattern: Eloise gathered top by Townmouse | Digital pattern 

Size made: size 8 (pattern ranges from 6 moths to 8 years)

Difficulty: Beginner

Fabrics used: Liberty tana lawn (Tatum), Quilting cotton (Sommer, Sarah Jane for Michael Miller) and Cotton (Gingham) 

Thank you Kristine!!

Happy sewing,

xo Ana Sofia

15 thoughts on “Eloise | Townmouse Patterns

  1. All three of them are gorgeous but I definitely like the swans + lace the best. So simple yet stunning. Of course, my kids would stain that in about 30 seconds …

    1. Thank you Masha!
      My girl’s clothes get covered with stains all the time (it may take her a bit more than 30 seconds, but not that much). I guess, by the third child, I’m getting better at not stressing about with (well, that’s the plan, anyway).

  2. These are very beautiful! I am buying this pattern for my little girl for summe after reading your review, thank you.

  3. Dear Ana Sofia, wonderful! Really lovely, I like all your versions of this Eloise top! I would like to buy it, is it a digital pattern?

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