Monday Outfit: A Nod to Nautical


Good morning! At long last, I have a K outfit to share…I’ve really missed making things for her, and sewing this maritime-y dress felt like easing into a lively conversation with a long lost friend. It’s been many, many weeks since I’ve stitched up anything for K. Has she been pining for new outfits? Nope, it hasn’t bothered her one whit, and she’s merrily clad herself in animal print from top to bottom daily.


The big news, however, is that a little someone is now braces-free. Her teeth look fantastic and she can often be found chomping on popcorn and gum and a smidgen of caramel to make up for lost time (not all at once, thank goodness). I’m astonished that it’s already been almost 18 months since the orthodontist first fitted her with the metal brackets. K reverently wears her tiger-themed retainers every night — I’m so proud of her. Here’s a little before and after:


I believe I only have three more patterns I haven’t tried from this book, now that I’ve tackled the puff-sleeve tee that I turned into a dress by gathering and attaching a couple of rectangles. I meant to make the waist sit higher, but I’m not going to get too nit-picky. Stripey dresses make everything better, as far as I’m concerned. I can’t exactly recall where I got the navy and white striped knit jersey, but it’s not the nicest of quality and there’s already some pilling after the preliminary washing/drying. Oh well. I actually have a straightforward t-shirt version cut out in a super cute and much more luxe knit, but I’ll have to hold off on showing that version until next week.

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She’s got style, my little one – she created a little headband out of the scrap fabric:


I always know it’s a winner when K keeps asking me if she can wear something as soon as I pull the finished garment from my sewing machine. This one’s a champion.

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Home stretch! My entire manuscript for book #2 (text only) is due by this Thursday so I’m ratcheting up the focus level and will keep the posts short and sweet for the rest of the week.

P.S. Furoku members! You should have received #3 by now; please let me know if you haven’t received it yet. I really, really love this one, and I hope you do too.

14 thoughts on “Monday Outfit: A Nod to Nautical

  1. The dress is so cute and comfy. I can tell that she loves it. K’s teeth look wonderful. That was so fast. My kids braces took 2 1/2 years. No more orthdontist!!! One less place to have to go.

    1. Alas, this is only phase one of braces. K has to get more teeth pulled and will have to go through phase two when she’s about 10 or 11. Good thing we love the orthodontist :-). Thanks, Greta!

    1. Haha, it’s a little ironic that I’ve been doing a lot of sewing for the book but haven’t had any time for the regular kind of sewing that I’m used to doing. The puff sleeve is super cute and it’s my favorite part :-). Thanks Elizabeth!

    1. She wore the dress all day, which is always a good sign, Melissa ;-). Thank you! I need lots of luck to carry me through these next few days, but I’m excited to see the book taking shape!

    1. Thanks Kristin! Yep, it meets the three criteria that K loves: knit, comfy, stripes (when no animal print is available, her default is stripes). 🙂

  2. That is a gorgeous dress! Reminds me of a much-loved Petit Bateau one my little one had when she was small. And K’s teeth look wonderful.
    I’ve been meaning to say how much I enjoyed your Picture Booking podcast too 🙂

    1. Yes, the dress is much beloved already and oh, I still haven’t listened to that podcast. I have a feeling I never will…Thanks so much Suzy!!

  3. Double congratulations are in order! Yay to K for enduring the braces phase and coming out the other side with a beautiful smile:) And to you: congrats on getting your manuscript off to the editor/publisher today! That must feel SOOO good! And a smaller pat on the back: even in your busy stage of life right now, you are managing to rock this particular Japanese sewing book . . . only three left? Wow! Love this blue striped dress, as clearly K does as well:) Clever you to adapt the pattern into a dress rather than just the top.

    1. Thanks so much, Lucinda!! I just submitted my manuscript four hours ago, and I’m ready to curl up into a ball and go hibernate for a while! 🙂 And yes, K loves the dress, and I think I need to make a version for myself!

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