Here it is, my (much more) subtle version of a cat-outfit. I felt that K’s version was a bit in-your-face, and wanted a quieter, less shout-y interpretation. I’ve been wanting to try this adorable “apron dress” from this book for quite some time. I think it’s a great blend of nostalgic and kid-friendly, and of course, when you make it in a charcoal grey striped linen blend as I did, it’s very Japanese. I’m pretty sure the fabric is from JoAnn’s, but don’t hold me to it.
I paired the understated apron dress with a pop of color – my screen makes the puff-sleeve knit top look minty green, but it’s more of a kelly green in real life, the color of gingko leaves filtered through sunlight, before they turn golden in the fall. The shirt pattern is from this book and the fabric is from here.
More and more, I’m making things up as I go, and this was no exception. I drew a kitty head shape freehand onto swedish paper, cut out two pieces of the linen blend, sewed them together, added a couple of buttons for eyes and embroidered a nose, and boom, a sweet little pocket. I mulled over whether two pockets would be cuter and decided to edit myself. I suppose I could have added whiskers, but hey, less is more. Here’s the close-up of the kitty pocket:
The apron dress came together fairly quickly, but because of the way it’s constructed, the right and wrong sides look almost identical, and I flipped it around by mistake. The small piece holding the straps together is supposed to be on the inside, but I like that this detail is visible on the outside. Yay for mistakes.
The knit top, on the other hand, was a headache. I’ve made so many tops like these, I didn’t even bother looking at the instructions, and maybe that’s why everything went wrong. I had to cut out the back piece twice, the ties got twisted around, the front gather didn’t gather…you get the idea. I think it’s a darling top though, and I will try to make this again. This cotton jersey was pretty thin and I might make the next one with a slightly thicker knit.
Bribery in action. K scored a bag full of candy from a birthday party pinata over the weekend, and I’ve been using them as “treats” for photoshoots. I know that one day I will wistfully and longingly look back on these days when all it took was a small packet of smarties. I’m sure she’ll be hustling me for an ipad or Chanel bag or something in the future.
K likes it! She saw the kitty pocket and said “cuuuuuuuuuute!” So it’s a win, I say. I’m enjoying this KCW challenge I set up for myself very much. And guess what? I have another dress (possibly two) to show you tomorrow.
p.s. this blog is one-year-old today! But more on that later…