Good morning, friends! As you read this, I am probably wilting in the Michigan humidity, but am fully enjoying my vacation nonetheless!
Weren’t the guest blog posts wonderful last week? I got very nostalgic about my own projects and I will try to share my fave handmades tomorrow, but it probably won’t be until the afternoon – my preparation skills didn’t extend to Tuesday…
But today is Monday, which means it’s time for a new outfit or two. Awhile back, I downloaded Venus’ super fun “You Call It Pants” pattern, pieced the sheets together and sat back, trying to decide which fabric to use. Linen, I thought of course, or maybe something stripey as I’m wont to do.
And then a few weeks passed and still no pants. I adore Venus and her fabulous blog (so multi-talented, she is). I love kids patterns, and I especially love to support indie designers so I was feeling a bit guilty about the pattern pieces just staring at me on my cutting table. So the weekend before my trip, I hunkered down and finally whipped a couple out and nearly smacked myself on the forehead because friends, these are the easiest pants to make. And they’re so hip and happen to be very much on trend right now.
The fabric I finally settled on was Michael Miller’s Seaweed Wrap knit. I think it’s such a cheery and happy print and thought it would be perfect for this silhouette. K loves it. SO comfortable and so cute!
This layered asymmetrical tank top is something I just made up. I wanted a slim-fitting tee to contrast with the fuller harem/sarouel style and literally kept snipping at pieces of white and heather grey jersey until the shape started to look like what I had in mind. Kinda sorta works, right?
I made the “basic” style in the colorful print but wanted to try something a little different with the second version. Rather than the grommet patch pockets that came with the nautical design, I made side seam pockets with a peek-a-boo neon coral knit (I used the same knit for a contrasting neckband on a Figgy’s Banyan Tee here – love this color!).
This black jersey denim-look knit is gorgeous. I have just enough left over to make myself a tank top but I’ve been hoarding this forever. It sews like a dream without curling and irons beautifully (something that doesn’t happen all the time with knits).
The largest size available for the pattern is a 4T, which is also why I opted for knit fabric. It’s perfect on K, and I like the cropped look for summer.
I love the pants, but this halter top is so fabulous, it’s killing me. The fabric is silk (gasp), but has spandex and some rayon so it’s quite stretchy. But the drape! I truly need one in my size. A little tetchy to sew with but the pattern is two pieces with a long tie for the neck, so it came together in a jiffy. The pattern is from this book.
I wouldn’t normally use silk for K, but I originally purchased this fabric from here to make M some boxer shorts for Valentine’s Day. I was in a rush, and bought only half a yard thinking that would be plenty. When I washed the silk, it shrunk like crazy so I didn’t have enough to make the boxers. M’s loss is K’s gain.
How perfect are these two together? And doesn’t her pose above say, “Bring it, yo”??
This is a really great pattern and did I mention that it’s a freebie? Venus, you need to make more patterns! I’ll have to try that darling hat pattern one day too!