Good morning! Due to no school for K on Friday, I feel like I’ve just resurfaced from a marathon weekend, and I can barely remember what we did. How was yours? There were no Super Bowl shenanigans for us, that’s for sure – the only time I’ve enjoyed watching the sport was on Glee, when Kurt shimmied to “All the Single Ladies.” And I’m not certain that counts (I suppose I would like the halftime show, come to think of it). Totally off-topic, but how cute is that toothless gap? Or maybe it looks a little scary like a mini vampire – it’s hard to tell when you’re blinded by parent-of-only-child-syndrome.
Anyway, the Monday outfit. Friends, I am so excited to tell you that I branched out! I tried to create my own design! Okay, I did use the turtleneck pattern from a couple of weeks ago as a base, but tweaked quite a few things (adjusted the shoulders, made the turtleneck a little wider, lengthened the bodice a few inches). And added these puppies:
Zippered pockets. Cute, yes? That’s a maracas she’s stuffed into the other pocket. I am so happy with them. M actually said with wonder, “You made that?” At first glance, it looks professional, indeed. While taking photos, I did notice that the way I created the pocket linings generates a bulky line at the belly, but hey, for a first attempt, I think it’s pretty good.
The fabric is a cotton terry knit from here (but they no longer seem to carry it). I love this cheerful light coral/orange sherbet-y color, and delighted in the dark orange polka dot print that peeks out from the pockets. I also love that the dark orange happens to perfectly match those awesome shoes. The orange polka dot is a quilting cotton from Jo-Ann’s I believe.
For reference, I used this tutorial to make the zippered pockets, though I cut out the pockets differently so they could be angled…I have an idea to improve upon the method, and will do a tutorial when I’ve tested it out!
Moving along to the jeans, I have to say that I’m finally and totally sold on Oliver + S patterns. I’m a Japanese patterns girl through and through, and have been reluctant to shift out of my comfort zone, but these After-School pants are designed so well and are incredibly stylish. And not having to add seam allowances is icing on the cake.
I top-stitched them to death, and am glad I did because these look like designer jeans to me. I think I might like these even more than the linen/cotton blend denim pants I made a while back. K loves those and wears them all the time, which is why I wanted to make another pair of jeans.
I made the size 6, though she’s closer to a 7 lately, but with the stretchy dark denim fabric that I’ve been hoarding for at least four years (originally from here, I’m pretty sure), it fits wonderfully. All in all, I think the outfit is just peachy.