Finally! I have something to show you that I created during KCW week. I’m calling it the “Popsicle Outfit”. Don’t those stripes make you think of juicy, fruity, refreshing goodness?
My intentions were to sew spring outfits for this round of KCW, and though I think these three pieces work very well for the season, they practically shout “summer!” to me.
For those of you with an eagle eye, you’ll see that K has no front teeth. She looks like she needs to be fitted for dentures…two teeth came out in the last two days and the tooth fairy has been working overtime. The Tooth Fairy was a little flummoxed when she found a note that said, “Dear Tooth Fairy, Could you leave me 100 dollars and 100 cents?” She left K a buck and a toothbrush.
Let’s start with the eyelet tank. J’Adore. I fully lined it with some slinky polyester-y fabric, and the pattern is from Happy Homemade V. 5. I had less than half a yard of the eyelet and barely squeezed out this top.
The cropped pants are made with a beautiful black linen blend. I love the side vent detail, and the pattern is from this book. Super stylish, yes? I decided to use some cute blue polka dot FOE (fold over elastic) instead of a waistband, and K says it’s very comfortable. Look at me, trying new things.
Now, the knit cardigan/coat…I was SO nervous cutting into this gorgeous fabric. I didn’t have a whole lot, and I even went back to the store to see if they had more just in case I messed up but they were completely sold out. No surprise. This knit is delicious. I simply can’t think of a better adjective for it – sheer, light, colorful, happy. I love it love it love it.
The pattern is from my new Sunny Spot, which I can’t get enough of. I’ve cut out several more patterns from this book already! Ah, my little geriatric vampiress. How she manages to eat, I don’t know. I think her gummy smile makes her look extra darling.
I have to come clean that I did mess up on the knit coat. The button holes are shameful, just shameful. All stretched out and wonky…I forgot to reinforce with interfacing and it was too late by the time I remembered. Additionally, I tried to edgestitch the hem, and it became crazy wavy and I used some serious muscle power to iron it out.
I also initially planned on using a slightly stretchy woven fabric to fully line the sheer knit, so I cut out several sizes bigger than I normally do, anticipating reduced stretchiness. At the last minute, I changed my mind and used a thicker off-white knit instead and so the coat hangs a little awkwardly on K – but I don’t think you can really tell.
Despite a few errors here and there, this outfit came out exactly the way I envisioned it, and this makes me exceedingly happy. Comfortable and chic – doesn’t get any better than that, right? (Perhaps I shouldn’t be going around calling my own creations chic – seems somehow un-chic to do that).
I have more outfits to share, but my model is not feelin’ it, and I may not be able to post pictures until next week – must come up with a way to make the photoshoot extra fun. At least she really liked playing with Gumby and Legos…