For some reason, I feel like you have to yell the word Bimaa three times. Yes, yell. I don’t know, it’s just how I read it every time I see it.
The Bimaa (Bimaa Bimaa) Top from LouBee Clothing.
It’s more than a little awesome.
I’m sure you’ve seen this super cool pattern popping up all over the kid-sewing blogosphere. Today I get to be part of the Bimaa World Tour and I’m crazy excited because this is, without a doubt, one of my very favorite new kids’ patterns.
Not going to lie, I kind of fell all over myself trying to reply as fast as possible to Sarah of EmmyLouBeeDoo’s invitation to sew the Bimaa. I’d been admiring it and jonsing after it since she first started posting teasers on Instagram months ago. I always appreciate patterns that bring cool, fresh design elements into my sewing. With the Bimma, it’s all about the neckline finishes. The Bimma comes with three neck options: hood, cowl, or shawl collar. And I honestly could not say which I like the best. I plan to make all three, multiple times, for multiple children. It is a ridiculously easy sew, using stretchy knits. The pattern finishes at the sleeves and waist in bands, so the whole thing requires no hemming at all (yay!) These are definitely whip-up-in-an-afternoon tops.
The Bimaa ranges from 12 months to 6 years. For the tour today, I made two Bimaa at either end of the pattern’s size spectrum:
A 12 month for her
And size 6 for him
For Ivy’s, I went with the cowl-neck option, then I lengthened the top into a dress.
I just extended the pattern straight down, so that it’s a long tube-dress. Then, I made a super simple loop out of elastic, to use as a slip-on belt. Pull the belt over the dress, then kind of pull the dress up and over the belt, puffing it out a little and leaving a little mini skirt below.
Jonas got a shawl collar. And my gosh, you guys, I love it so much!
I went with a 6, even though his measurements suggested a size 5, because I wanted a looser fit for him.
The overlapping of the collar at the front is my favorite. I just like the unexpected look on a boy’s shirt.
And it also looks pretty cool from behind.
To add even more interest, I slapped a kangaroo pocket onto Jonas’. And can we all just take a moment to appreciate the amazing job I did at lining up those stripes. It’s like a camouflaged pocket! Good job, me!
Before attaching the waistband, I added small button holes (after interfacing the wrong side) to the center front. After everything was attached, I threaded a drawstring made of extra material through the holes, around the waistband, and out the other side. Both super easy hacks, but add a bit more fun to an already rad pattern.
In conclusion, I love the Bimaa! I love that it is adorable on girls. I love that it looks killer on boys. I love the unique neckline options. I love how easy it is to sew. My only issue? I wish it came in bigger sizes so I didn’t have to do my own grading for my older boys. Because they will get Bimaa. Mark my words. Bimaa for everyone!
Pattern: Bimaa Top by LouBee Clothing
Fabrics: Polka dot knit from Girl Charlee and striped sweater knit from Girl Charlee
I was given the Bimaa Top in exchange for my review. But seriously folks, this was on the top of my to-buy list from the get-go. It’s amazing. You need this in your life.