Good morning! Did you have a lovely weekend? We’ve been watching with wonder as K cuts down house after house of the advent calendar, and now we’re a mere 9 days away from the big day. I should be focusing on Christmas presents, I really should.
Instead, I made an outfit that practically shouts ‘spring’ because the weather has been quintessentially grey and these colors are so cheerful. All we need to complete the look is a vintage bicycle with a loaf of french bread and fresh flowers filling its wire basket.
Adding to my cheer was getting my sewing machine back in record time (one day!). Now it’s purring like a well-fed kitten, and sewing is a pleasure indeedl
If it weren’t for the pockets, this tunic could be worn front to back as well. I used a pattern from this book, which I haven’t cracked open in a while. The fabric is from my stash that refuses to get depleted, and it’s a beautifully soft linen. Who says you can’t wear linen in winter? With a bit of layering, K is quite toasty.
Did you notice all the buttons? They took a while…This tunic has sweet details like the inverted pleat at the front center and a cute little collar. I was experimenting with sizing and tried the 130cm without adding the seam allowance, but I think I need to add a little bit of seam allowance for a better fit. The shoulders are definitely snug. So glad this linen stretches.
I like pairing tunics with longer skirts, so I made this white one out of the same fabric I used for my fake wrap skirt. A mid-weight cotton, it’s actually quite heavy with all those gathers. She loves this skirt. I really didn’t need to use a pattern since it’s three rectangles, but I did reference the skirt dimensions from this book.
And here is an example of my mom’s signature style:
I thought the top looked great with the skirt, so we had to include it in the photoshoot. That’s cashmere, people. So festive, right? My mom is all about upcycling, and in its previous incarnation, this was a grown-up long-sleeved sweater without as much lace and accoutrements.
She also knitted that purse. At last count, she’s made about a hundred of them. She doesn’t hold back, my mom.
The boldness of my mom’s color choices tends to upstage my more muted handmades, but I’m very happy with this week’s outfit. Isn’t it funny how different our tastes are?
Which do you think K preferred and wore to see the movie Frozen with her friend? I was surprised, but she chose mine. But we have some holiday parties coming up, and I’m certain the hot pink number is going to make a splash.