Good morning! How was your weekend? We’ve had a relaxing one full of bike-riding and now we’re counting down the days until school starts on September 4th…
With that in mind, this week I have a double-feature! Be warned, there are endless photos coming up. But first, let me back up a bit and start from the beginning. A few weeks ago, sweet Yeka of Lollipop Garden Grafts contacted me to see if I would be interested in a sew-along – I’m always up for a fun sew-along, so I heartily agreed.
We wanted to incorporate Japanese patterns of course (Yeka sews beautiful clothes from many Japanese sewing books) and some kind of mommy-and-me matching and back-to-school/fall theme. I know, that’s a lot going on.
At first I was a little stumped because although I often make clothes for K that I want to wear myself, I’m not actually a fan of matchy matchy outfits for me and K. I thought and thought and thought….
Then I remembered that I had sumptuous linen fabric I’d purchased here ages ago in two colorways and instantly knew that they would make great fall-inspired tops.
Once I had the fabric selected, I had to go through my usual rigmarole of researching my extensive collection of Japanese pattern books. I wanted a similar silhouette for the two of us, and hit jackpot when I saw the tunic in Simple Modern Sewing. I knew that there were virtually identical patterns for kids in my many books. Don’t let the muted hue of the fabric fool you, this linen is gorgeous. It’s striated with greens and blues and greys with marigold stripes and looks olive or blue-greyish depending on the light. Love love love.
For K, I used a pattern from this book, and I kept the buttons the same on both tops (from my vast supply, compliments of my mom – the buttons are edged with metal around the holes, upping the cool factor. The devil is in the details, right?). Her fabric is a light red with the same marigold stripes, and the red is very close in color to this top that I made a while ago. As you can see, I had some fabric left over so hey, why not make some coordinating infinity scarves? There are about ten thousand tutorials online, but I’ve made these often so I just whipped them up – so easy!
These tops are fabulous. I love that they’re of the same spirit but not identical. I did make things harder for myself by hand-stitching the neck binding and sleeve cuffs for both tops, but I’m very proud of the neat finish. They’re comfortable, and though my version borders (as per usual) on maternity wear, I think with the scarf and boots, I can get away with it in cooler temps.
The photoshoot was tricky because I always try to keep K’s face cropped out and with our height difference, I had very few images to select from. But we got kind of creative, no?
I also made the jeggings for K, and I have now used up the last of my beloved denim knit. I’ve made a skirt out of this same fabric for K before and it gets serious wear and matches everything. I need to get some more once my fabric fast is over. I used this book for the jeggings, though at this point, I could make leggings in my sleep.
I am especially in love with K’s outfit. She looks so stylish and ready for autumn, don’t you think? I was a little sad that she ditched the boots which you can see in the photo where she’s twirling, saying they were too uncomfortable and not as fancy as her patent leather black flats – I want a pair of those nautical galoshes for myself.
These were fun outfits to sew, and now I think I have to go make myself more tunics because it’s mega-comfy and will become a fall outfit staple! Thanks for coming up with the idea Yeka! You should jump on over to her blog to see her adorable creations, below is a little sneak peek — what about you, do you like to dress in matching/coordinating outfits with your little ones?