Hello, hello, I hope you had a relaxing weekend! We are a little sleepy here and are enjoying a lazy day off. Happy MLK Day to those of you here in the States! I went to K’s school for a special assembly on Friday and let me tell you…I was a blubbering mess when the first graders started singing “We Shall Overcome” (accompanied by a parent playing a trumpet, no less). I tried to hide it but felt emboldened when I saw a rugged looking Dad swiping at his eyes.
Anyway, it’s Monday outfit time! I have such a weakness for stripes. Always have. I’ve lost count of the number of striped t-shirts and sweaters and dresses that I own – most of them are in classic blacks/greys/navys with white, but I have pretty much every color combination. One of the neighbor girls actually said to me one time, “My mom looks like you today”, and her mom was wearing a striped knit top, of course (red and white).
So when I saw this knit turtleneck pattern with buttons from this book, I simply had to make it in bold stripes. With grey buttons, naturally. It may possibly be my favorite thing I’ve made to date. Very french, very nautical, very Audrey Hepburn and Tautou (Amélie is my favorite movie – I bet you’re not surprised). LOVE.
And those pants…(happy sigh). I hear that emerald is the it color for 2013, but I’m a mint green kind of gal. This is a significantly modified Oliver + S Sailor Pants pattern. I made it according to the instructions in blue, and it’s fantastic but it wasn’t the silhouette I had envisioned. I wanted cigarette pants a la Hepburn so chopped up the pattern all over the place and eliminated button holes because they didn’t seem very functional for K. It now looks exactly the way I’d hoped it would from the front, though the back is a bit bunched up like MC Hammer – I can live with that.
And here’s the blue version with amazing vintage yellow buttons. So sassy!
I think these are great too, but K’s in agreement with me and gave a thumb’s up for the stripe top + mint green pants combo. I really like those side vents and like all Oliver + S designs, the pants are very nicely constructed but is it me, or were there a couple of errors in the instructions?
And look how stylin’ that turtleneck looks unbuttoned. Have I mentioned how much I love it? That’s a glow-in-the-dark wand that K has in her mouth.
I’m sure you’re all wondering about those fab shoes. They are Campers for kids and another Ba-chan gift (we got them at a 50% off sale). I really really need a pair in my size.
Here are some close-up shots of the top and mint green pants. By the way, we are transferring my blog to another server since there was a little spike in my traffic it seems and things keep going haywire. As we’re moving things around, it might get wonky around here for a few days…