I had so much fun sewing up this combo! My favorite elements are included in pretty much every garment. By now you know that I’m a sucker for anything stripey, I adore linen (both the shorts and yellow top are made out of exquisite 100% linen), and how can anyone not love fabric with anchors??
First, the shorts and sunny top. I am in love with Heidi‘s pattern. I made one version of the shorts here, but what I really wanted was to try this version with the buttons. Her instructions are so well-written and the step-by-step visuals are superb. Whenever I started scratching my head and got confused, she would be right there with an explanatory sentence to clear it all up. These shorts came together much quicker than I expected. I did run into my usual problem of not having enough of the same buttons, so I went with four large hot pink buttons I had saved from K’s old GAP coat. The buttons are sewed on evenly, but because of the elasticized waist they look a bit askew (I didn’t make the elastic waist adjustable which is probably why the fabric pulls)…
I also forgot to take photos of the front facing (and K has refused to take the shorts off), which is this really cool Nani Iro painted-looking fabric of which I only had a tiny bit. You can see sort of what it looks like above, but I used the predominantly yellow, green and blue parts. In sum, I would say these shorts are fantastic – versatile, comfy and too cute.
The yellow top is from this book, and it should have been a no-brainer, but I always have problems top stitching and catching the edge of the facing so I had to do some hand-stitching to fix some missed spots.
The nautical jacket! This is a heavier cotton from here, and this was my first attempt at piping. It was actually a lot less scary than I anticipated and made me wonder why I hadn’t tried before this. The piping was part of the goodies Cherie sent me for the clothing swap. As are the buttons on the yellow top. I used the same buttons for this dress (I don’t get gifts out of the blue very often, so I hope I’m not coming across as braggy — I’m just really really appreciative). The pattern is from this book.
The jacket isn’t lined, but since the fabric is pretty sturdy and jacket-wearing season is almost over, I like it that way. Those 3/4 sleeves make it feel spring-like, yes? This will be perfect for our morning walks to school. Can you see her two front permanent teeth growing in? They’re very impressive.
I used this same striped fabric for a long-sleeved tee back in October here. That top has gotten a ton of wear, and is barely holding together. It is truly the softest jersey knit I’ve ever used/felt and I got it from here many moons ago. I should go back to see if they have anything similar.
The pattern is from this book as well, and this is a 20-minute project if you have a serger (not counting the pattern tracing/fabric cutting time). Even without a serger, it wouldn’t take much longer. So fast! So cute! So need to make one in my size! And how rockin’ is her glitter tattoo? She was very worried about taking a bath.
There you have it! Thanks again Heidi, for the wonderful pattern, and here’s another shot of K’s new teeth. We need to start saving our pennies for braces, we’ve been told by her dentist…my little K with braces – she’s going to look so adorable!