Good morning! We survived the epic teeth extractions (four!) on Friday, and K was her happy old self by Saturday. Her lips swelled up a bit, but she’s no worse for wear and I’m constantly flabbergasted by kids’ resilience. I was a class-A whiner when I got my wisdom teeth pulled.
So I made a few things this weekend, powered by who-knows-what. I turned to my sewing machine for relief many times this weekend and in an effort to make my life easier, I decided to show you one thing today and leave the rest for next Monday. This is unusual for me — normally I’m so eager to share, I would try to dump everything in one post. Look at me, planning ahead.
This top. SO cute. So very cute, I can’t stand it. Winter appropriate? Not at all. Though I guess we can easily layer long-sleeved tees underneath, and leggings would be oh-so-darling paired with this swingy tunic. Do you like how I made it so that the lining would peek from underneath, like a petticoat? In fact, I meticulously measured and ironed and hemmed to make the lining even with the main fabric, and maybe because the white linen stretches more, it ended up sagging. I actually love how it looks. Another confession: this was meant to be reversible, but when I sewed the hems of both sides together, it got all pucker-y and very unsightly. I re-did the hem three times, friends. Three times. I’m not sure that the sewing was actually de-stressing in this case. Technically it’s still reversible, but K prefers the riotously pink side. That giant button, by the way, is from my vast vintage collection from my mom, and it’s made out of shell. Gorgeous.
Details: the pattern is from this book, and the fabric is Jay McCarroll’s “Miami Downtown” for FreeSpirit. I got it from my fave store about ten thousand years ago, so it’s not available anymore. Pity, since i only had 1/2 a yard and had to reduce the A-line a tad to squeeze out this tunic. Do you remember Jay from Project Runway Season 1? Wow, that was a long time ago.
I don’t have a whole lot to say about the pattern itself since it’s very basic and super easy, but it’s terribly stylish, no? The neckline and arm holes call for bias binding but I was going for the reversibility and all, making a lot of extra work for myself with all the re-hemming.
The skirt is from several weeks ago, and it’s one of K’s top picks. You’ll see the white skirt again next week – it’s just so versatile! Here’s an outfit she put together a couple of weeks ago that I loved so much that I had to snap a quick picture:
Anyway, back to this week’s outfit. We’re big on traditions in our household, and every year, M gets K a humongous Valentine’s balloon. The cheesier, the better. Last year, it was a “Bee Mine” mylar monstrosity, and this year, we have a monkey:
The heart bloomers kill me. It’s been almost two weeks since K woke up to the primate staring at her with shiny black eyes, and it’s still going strong.
K loves both the balloon and tunic! I should have taken photos of the white side showing, I just realized. It’s pretty cool how the fabric print shows through slightly. Ah well, another time.
Look, there’s the grin sans a few teeth. Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!