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.
The full photo tutorial will walk you step by step through the construction and sewing of this top. It’s a pleasure to sew (and a little bit addictive!)
- Instant PDF digital download
- 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!)
- PDF includes A4/Letter, A0/Copy shop version
- Pattern layers included for only printing which size you want
- Full tutorial, photos and support to help you create this top
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.
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.
Fabric and Fit Chart:
Additional Notions Required:
- Co-ordinating sewing thread.
- Small piece of elastic (or a spare small hair tie)
- 1 x small button
- Scissors, pins, needle.
What You Get When You Purchase:
Digital file emailed and stored in your Below the Kōwhai account for future use. Includes files for pattern to print at home, A0 copy shop pattern and instructions.
These downloads will also be available in the “My Account + Downloads” section of this website when you are logged in. This is where the most updated version of your purchases will be and you can access it any time. In the future I may revise this pattern and slightly alter it. If you’re sewing in the future, check back for the latest version.
The digital pattern is 20 pages long in black and white, and can be printed on A4 or US Letter paper on your home computer and then assembled for use. You may want to only print which pages you need for your different styles, or choose which sizes to print using the “layers” feature when viewing the PDF.
You will also receive a comprehensive tutorial with instructions, photos and tips to guide you in your sewing of this garment. Please view this tutorial on your device or computer to save the trees, or if you must print, print in colour.
What’s a PDF?
A digital document viewable in Adobe Acrobat Reader (download for free here). You will be able to save, view and print these documents on your computer or device.
Returns and Support:
I am not able to offer returns on any purchase unless at some fault of my own, because this is a digital product and can be saved to your computer. Please choose carefully and make sure you are purchasing the correct pattern!
In lieu of returns I offer comprehensive online support to those who are sewing! You can contact me on Facebook, Instagram and email, and you can expect a prompt reply! I will endeavour to help you in any way I can.
So, what are you waiting for? Create your own beautiful Kea Top with this pattern and show off your creations!
This sewing pattern is by Sophie Laughton-Mutu. Sewists and children around the world have tested this pattern. Please leave a review, or pop over to our VIP Community on Facebook to show us a photo of your Kea Top!