Good morning! How was your weekend? I hope you’re feeling refreshed and ready for the week. I feel like we’re grasping onto the last bits of summer at this point, trying to hold onto as many vacation-esque activities as possible. Abundant swimming, Beamo throwing (so fun! Another one of K’s great birthday gifts), outdoor eating…
But let’s talk about this week’s outfit. I had something else in mind initially and even had the patterns all traced and cut out, ready to go. As I sifted through my many, many fabrics, I wasn’t feeling it. Usually, I’ll see the fabric and pattern instantly merged in my brain, but for some reason, nothing was jumping out at me.
Then I saw this fabric. Cosmic Zoo Purple Sheep for Kokka – so quirky and bold. It’s a totally organic cotton, and a not-cheap-at-all fabric from what I remember. Hence I only had half a yard, so this time I sifted through my many, many pattern books and came upon a “Frill Blouse” pattern from this book:
“Hmmmm, that placket is super cute, but looks like a pain,” I thought. “But that lilac-y color would be nice with the sheep fabric — I wonder how it would look as a dress?” Turns out, it looks like this:
My laziness won out and I didn’t feel the need to make a functioning placket, so mine is faux. Instead, I added an invisible zipper in the back and just gathered a rectangle for the skirt. Easy peasy.
I happened to have just enough of the greyish lilac-hued beautiful linen in my stash for the bodice, once I had shortened the length four inches. It’s kind of a stiffer, thicker linen, so I used the Kokka fabric for the facings and arm hold bias bindings, which worked great.
Perhaps it was because K excitedly told me that she grew an inch over the summer (M had just measured her), but I got it into my head that I should sew one size up for her. I normally use the 120cm size for K, but I traced the 130cm for the frill blouse. See how the shoulder is slipping off up there? It’s clearly too big, and initially the skirt was way too long as well because I was trying to keep it proportional. I had to re-hem it to make it a lot shorter after I saw the fit on her. Oh well, she’ll be able to wear this for awhile.
I like that this dress is both summer and fall appropriate. The style is great for hot weather, but with a cardigan and its strong colors, it can easily transition to autumn. It also feels like a happy fusion of the French and Japanese aesthetics that I adore so much. It’s a keeper.
What do you think of my pattern hack?