Good morning, friends — I hope you had a fantastic weekend! Mine could be summed up with this conversation:
[Cold, rainy Saturday night]
Trader Joe’s Cashier Dude: Hey! How’s your evening going so far?
Me: Oh, pretty good. You know, uneventful. I’m buying groceries on a Saturday night after all…
TJCD: Well, the night is still young. Anything fun planned?
Me: Nope, I have a little girl waiting for me to read her a bedtime story. My partying days are way over.
TJCD: Bedtime stories sound like fun! You don’t have to be at some crazy party. To paraphrase Andrew W.K., “when you’re doing something you love, it’s always a party.”
I love that. And I do love to read bedtime stories. Wise and philosophical checkout clerks are the best! Plus I sewed all weekend, which — according to Andrew W.K. standards — is partying like a rock star.
If you recall, last week I unveiled Cherie‘s creations and one of the reasons I was amazed at her ability to “get” me was because I already had the pattern traced and cut for this week’s top. Strikingly similar to the fabulous dress, right?
There are some differences, of course. This top is from this book, and is a variation of the top I made here. I worry that the back might be a spitch (K’s word for “smidgen”) sexy, but it’s a cool design.
The fabric is beautiful. It’s probably hard to see the details and white is so tricky to photograph, but it’s very textured with columns of slightly fringed stripes. Not the best description, but it’s gauzy and extremely sheer, so I fully self-lined the bodice. K is in love with this top. Of course, she wanted to wear it front-to-back, about which I had to firmly put my foot down.
These shorts were a little less enthusiastically received. This natural linen striped number is actually a skort, and it’s generously sized. I’m enamoured with the silhouette of the two together. Simple and stylish and oh-so-Japanese, I think. I’m pretty sure the fabric is a cotton/linen blend, but feels almost like upholstery weight. I used this book.
She has a passion for Spanish music for some reason, and this is her punching to the beat. I have no idea what the lyrics mean and they’re probably wildly inappropriate, but the tunes are catchy.
The Madras-esque plaid shorts fared better and K was much happier wearing these. They make me daydream about summer, but also evoke images of golf courses for me. An old boss of mine loved to wear similar shorts when he went golfing. Let’s focus on the summery-ness of this outfit since the weather has been grey grey grey.
I think this is a really flattering cut, not that it matters for my svelte little six-year-old, but I always appreciate a particularly good shorts length. The fabric is a cotton seersucker from Pacific Fabrics and the pattern is from here.
That drawing is supposed to be of King Tut. I asked her why he was sticking his tongue out and she said that’s what pharoahs do. Your guess is as good as mine.
We also spent the weekend purging and re-arranging K’s room. She instructed me to move furniture then set-up and styled that corner reading area herself. I was so impressed. And that sign! It kills me with its cuteness.
That’s a wrap for the Monday Outfit. I have an exciting project brewing and will share with you soon!