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Added Mar 27, 2010

by prudencerabbit

Cleveland, Unite...






Welcome warm springtime days with the Chickadee knit top, featuring raglan flutter sleeves, a flattering scoop neck, a curved hemline, and a generously sweet, slouchy fit.

This pattern is well-suited for upcycling. I used two of my boyfriend’s old tee’s for this version, so it was smooth and perfectly worn-in right from the start.

Material Notes

upcycled cotton t-shirts, thread




Garment Type
Casual, Classic
Cotton, Knits/Jersey

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    Nov 20, 2010, 12.34 AMby llobdell

    I am writing because I, too, printed it out, with the only oddity being that the test square measures precisely 2 inches. The cover page with instructions looks like it sits on the page the way it should, and the pattern piece pages all have a rectangular border around them that measures appr 5/8" all around. This all looks like it’s printing out as planned, so I really do think the test square is a mistake, that the original really IS 2 inches, not 3….can anyone confirm? I’m about to embark on a period of sewing after a lapse of maybe 40 years…this will likely be the first pattern I will try…hoping to get it right the first time.

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    Sep 5, 2010, 12.14 AMby rachaelemily87

    is the test sq meant to be 3 inches? ive made sure to print it at 100%, but the test sq only measures 2inches?

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      Oct 28, 2010, 03.16 PMby carrotflowers

      to reply to your below question, it turned out fine but I’m usually a 34 anyway. It’s actually a tad big, I wear it as a nightshirt and eventually I will size it down a bit on my next attempt. Sorry for the belated response!

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    Jun 1, 2010, 01.42 PMby carrotflowers

    like therest my test square is not 3" (it’s 2" actually) but the pattern seems to have the usual border around it and I was careful to print at 100%, no auto scaling. I’m going to sew it up as is because it seems like it might be right or at least would fit me.

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      Sep 5, 2010, 12.16 AMby rachaelemily87

      how did your chickadee turn out when u worked from the test sq only being 2 inches?

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    Jun 1, 2010, 11.45 AMby carrotflowers

    just finished your obi apron and then I saw this, I love it. you rock!

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    May 7, 2010, 02.52 AMby fbobadilla

    Shirt cute…dog, super cute!

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    May 6, 2010, 03.58 AMby therest

    Super cute! I was just wondering, when you made the pattern did you mean for the outer lines to fit with the edge of the paper? My 3 in. test square isn’t turning out the right size and I wondered if that was why.

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      May 11, 2010, 03.14 PMby prudencerabbit

      No, the outer lines should not fit with the edge of the paper. Try checking your printer settings to make sure it is not auto resizing before it prints. Good luck!

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    Apr 5, 2010, 06.50 PMby norah

    Absolutely brillliant !! The first decent pattern in ages – everything else seems too fussy and no good if you are anything bigger than a size 12 (UK) I can’t wait to make this .

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    Apr 2, 2010, 02.06 AMby paulajean

    So cool! I love the scoopneck. I am excited to make my own! Thank you for posting this to share!

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    Apr 1, 2010, 08.05 AMby bethan44

    Hey- snap! we have the same fabric, the cover on your sofa matches my bloomers! (I found it in a second hand shop in whitsable, uk) Nice top too!

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    Mar 31, 2010, 12.42 AMby passthepins

    Thanks for sharing.. the top looks super comfy and cute :)

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    Mar 29, 2010, 08.51 PMby seussian

    You have one really cute dog :) My dog’s won’t stay still for even one picture. Great top, great use of fabric. God bless :)

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    Mar 28, 2010, 01.23 PMby nehmah

    Thank you, Prudence for the Chickadee top. This style and size will be just right for the pre-teen and early teen girls in our area. The layout gives me a better way to use remnants of rib knit left from Fall-Winter tops. Cordially, Nehmah

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      Mar 28, 2010, 02.26 PMby prudencerabbit

      I hope they like it! I went to a concert at Oberlin recently, and this looser fit for tops seems pretty popular with the youngsters.

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    Mar 27, 2010, 03.44 PMby mimica

    Thanks for the pattern! Your top looks great . Your dog too :)

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    Mar 27, 2010, 02.28 PMby Natalia *

    The top is cute. But I especially love that your dog tried stealing the show – very cute.

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      Mar 27, 2010, 11.00 PMby prudencerabbit

      Thanks! The puppy thinks everything is about her. . . and she is often right ;)

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    Mar 27, 2010, 07.42 AMby julietta

    This looks really comfortable and what a great way to use up jersey left overs :) Thanks for sharing the pattern with us!

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