Monday Outfit: A New Favorite Outfit


Good morning! Although I make K a lot of clothes, there’s really only a small subset that she’ll wear over and over. This outfit I completed this weekend is destined to be in that small subset.

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The top is puff-sleeve top 2.0 (the actual tee version of this dress I made a couple of weeks ago). I got this amazing embossed-looking floral Anna Sui cotton/nylon blend knit at Nancy’s Sewing Basket a year ago, and I’ve been on the hunt for the right pattern. I think I nailed it, if I do say so myself, because K looooooooves this top. The knit is sturdier and holds the puff sleeve shape nicely and textured fabrics in general buoy me. It wasn’t the cheapest option so I only purchased about a yard and that was plenty to make this top. The pattern is from this book.


And the shorts! When K slipped these on, she sighed, “Ooooh, these are comfy….” She wore them two days in a row. It’s a Nani Iro Painted Herringbone double-knit from about a year ago as well, and at first I was satisfied with how they turned out, even though I couldn’t match up the sides perfectly.

Then she turned around…

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Hmmmmmm. Not loving the angle — looks a bit like underwear, no?


Ah well. Who am I to critique a pair of shorts she so adores? The shorts are from this excellent book. Please ignore the uneven folds at the hem — I hand-stitched them in place, and I don’t know why they’re so mismatched.


Did you notice the pretty necklace that K is wearing? It was a gift from the ever kindly reader Karen F., and she included a few other darling beads that can be somehowย attached to clothing. I’m intrigued by the idea and am trying to figure out how to work them in. They are made by Les Pois Plume, a French company. Super cute. I’m so appreciative of these generous acts of kindness that would never happen if it weren’t for this online space. Thank you, Karen!

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How was Father’s Day for you? We celebrated M with yet another impromptu trip up to Bellingham, because K is obsessed with the Comfort Inn up there (living large, that’s what we do — to be fair, it’s a very nice one that happens to have won an award). We roamed around Western Washington, which is picturesque, and caught a showing of the movie Inside Out. I thought it was so, so good and I probably don’t have to tell you that I was bawling like a baby, mostly from relating so much with the movie. I tell you, someone needs to remove my tear ducts. At any rate, a happy weekend was had by all.

P.S. The winner of the Linen, Wool, Cotton Kids giveaway is Laura. Congrats!


14 thoughts on “Monday Outfit: A New Favorite Outfit

  1. I live on the East coast, so I get to your blog earlier in the day!! That is why it seems like I frequently make a first comment. I LOVE this outfit and I can see why K loves it, too. Comfortable and cute.

    1. I love your comments, Greta! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a very beloved outfit already, and she wants to wear it again tomorrow, once it’s been washed!

  2. This is perfect, I can see why it’s a new favorite. And when I first saw the back view I thought “wow perfect stripe matching”! I didn’t think of underwear at all! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Haha, you are a positive soul, Bridget! I, on the other hand, stared at it for awhile thinking about the unfortunate line placement…;-)

    1. Mmmmmm, icy lemonade…I could use one of those right now. K does look so much older now without her braces, doesn’t she? I was just talking with someone whose daughter just graduated from high school and she shook her head and told me to hold on tight because time will just keep passing faster.

  3. We’re from Seattle and go up to Bellingham for fun too ๐Ÿ™‚ If you haven’t been, then Bellingham Farmer’s Market on Saturdays is a lot of fun- they often have great buskers (sword eater one time!), a smoothie stand you power by sitting on a bike, and loads of fresh food and fun crafts, including some great potters and indie sewists

    1. What a great Farmer’s Market! We got there late Saturday so we missed it this last time, but will definitely have to check it out next time we head up to Bellingham. Thank you, Lisa!

  4. Hi Sanae ๐Ÿ™‚ No wonder K likes this outfit! I’d like one in my size too ๐Ÿ™‚
    The pattern placement didn’t make me think underwear at all – to me it looks much more like the yoke on the back of jeans!

  5. love that nani iro double knit!! still trying to get up the nerve to sacrifice my little hoard… lol

    1. I’ve become much bolder with using my “special” fabrics lately. Beautiful things are meant to be used and enjoyed, I say! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you, Traveller!

  6. Nani Iro shorts? Of course K loves them! I imagine that they would be a dream to wear. And in all honesty, I didn’t think underwear at all when you showed the back view. Love the top you paired them with too – a good reminder to pull out that awesome pattern book. I haven’t been sewing as much this summer . . . that happens with three kids home from school:)
    I get nostalgic when I read about your visits to Bellingham. I think I told you before that when Rob and I moved out to Vancouver at 22, he couldn’t work in Canada (being American) and so found his first job in a downtown Bellingham ad agency. I have so many fond memories of going down there to hang out. Glad to hear it still has its charm and that K loves it so:)

    1. Bellingham is such a pretty place, I would get nostalgic too if I had spent a lot of time there. We especially loved the area surrounding the university overlooking the water – gorgeous! I think it gets harder to sew in the summer for everyone…so much tempting outdoor activities! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you, Lucinda!

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