Good morning! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that you’re feeling ready for the week. Mine was fairly mellow and filled with a lot of family time and the rare date night while K went over a friend’s house for a pretend sleepover (basically a night-time playdate; a new trend I’ve been noticing).
This Monday outfit has everything I adore including stripes, linen, neutrals, and comfortable stylishness. Shall we start with the insanely cute top? I’m not afraid to extoll the virtues of my own creations because, c’mon – how can you not love this?
If the fabric looks familiar, it’s because I used this same black-and-white cotton ticking stripes for K’s lunch sack — which, by the way, she stained with raspberries on the first day, so she’s been using another lunch sack while I’ve been soaking and re-washing it.
The pattern is from this book, and I’ve been wanting to make this for years. What’s given me pause are those flap pockets. They’re the real deal and the instructions for them in the book are nuts. I could not, for the life of me, decipher them. But I took the plunge, and through some educated guesswork, they came out more or less functional. Here’s what the instructions look like below – this really showed how limited my Japanese reading skills are:
Keli of Drygoods Design let me use her studio space on Friday, and I spent several happy hours in her fantastic sewing room making this top. Oh, I am pining for my own studio now…it was so amazing to work in her well-thought out and organized space full of sunshine and peace. I was lucky enough to have the studio to myself for most of the time, and it was also fun when people stopped by. It was the first time I used a sewing machine other than mine to make something for K, but the machine was so similar to mine that it wasn’t an issue at all.
Moving on to the drawstring pants. I used the same book for the pants pattern, and I’m actually surprised at how much I like them. The way it’s photographed in the book, it’s not showcased so well, but I love the drawstring, the pockets on the front and back, the flat-felled seams on the side. I need to learn how to iron better…
The pattern calls for just one drawstring, but I thought it looked a little too thin, so I doubled it up and think it adds to the stylishness. The fabric is a khaki linen/rayon blend and I have about 15 yards of this stuff because once upon a time I planned on making a slipcover. Needless to say, the slipcover never happened and we no longer even own the ratty sofa that I was going to transform. I made the pants at home, and I was acutely aware of how very not well-thought-out my own sewing space is and missed the studio something fierce.
Oh well. One day I will have an awe-inspiring studio (“What??? Who’s paying for it??” I can hear the husband yelling). At any rate, I’m extremely pleased with this week’s outfit. Isn’t it insanely cute?