Good morning! We had a rip-roaring, thunderous storm yesterday and I almost got hit by lightning, so I’m feeling very grateful that I’m typing this post alive and well and without singed hair.
I made a couple of tops for this week’s Monday Outfit and zeroed in on shades of green. Let’s talk about the oh-so-French inspired polka dot top first. Until I put the black buttons on, it looked remarkably like a mini-Tova (and the contrasting placket fabric is scrap left over from my first Tova here). I briefly contemplated leaving it as is, but it would have gaped open too much even if there’s really nothing there to see.
I didn’t have quite enough fabric, so I shortened the sleeves and added cuffs, making it look even more Tova-esque. I guess the color is closer to dusty army green, but in certain lights it’s olive green too.
The pattern is from the awesome Kids Clothes Sewing Lessons book, and as expected, I found the placket quite challenging, but somehow I got it all to work. My buttonhole foot went a little crazy though, and I’m afraid they’re not quite up to snuff, but hey, they fulfill their duties.
The fabric is ancient in stash years, and I actually used a very small portion of it for this mega-hit Oliver + S penguin backpack I made a few years ago. It’s a Moda fabric called La Petite Ecole by French General and it’s one of my very favorites. I’m very very obsessed with polka dots.
Do you like her boots? We got them from Target last year and she’s finally fitting into them. K insisted on wearing them with her outfits, giving them a country / southwestern vibe. Or maybe it’s making me think of Christmas. Anyway, the pants are also Oliver + S, the fabulous After School Pants that I made here. These have held up so well, and I think the rolled-up cuffs add a nice touch.
This tank top was a last minute sewing addition. I was digging through my “K fabric” box and found about 3/4 of a yard of this plaid, and I felt that inexplicable tug to make something with it. I had so little of the fabric, my choices were limited, but this gathered camisole seemed a good match.
I got the fabric from my mom and it’s most likely thrifted. It feels like a linen blend, and wrinkles quite easily. Case in point above.
The pattern is from this book. Super easy, super fast, super cute. Then I remembered that K’s school has this weird rule about not allowing spaghetti straps. I guess elementary school girls running amok in slinky strapped-tops will cause deviant behavior? At any rate, I stared at the straps, wondering if these qualified as “spaghetti”. What do you think? She can always wear a tee underneath, so I’m not too worried…
So that’s it for this week! Two serviceable tops in fall-appropriate colors.