this is the type of outfit i’d sew for Em if it was wholly up to me, which is usually isn’t….i keep her taste in mind quite a bit when i sew so things actually get worn. but for this outfit, i just went with my gut and sewed what made me happy. felt great.
and considering i made this outfit for my own creative pleasure, Em actually likes it, and chooses to wear it quite a bit! yay!
the top is the Olive + S ice cream blouse (view C). i had seen Gail’s fantastic version and was reminded how much i like that pattern and wanted to sew it again. i’d made multiple dress versions of the ice cream, but never the blouse, and it’d been a while since i’d sewn it anyway. such a fun one! i sewed it in a 3T with a 4T length and the fit is great on my string bean. she was more interested in climbing the tree than modeling, so here’s a taped to the wall shot.
the yoke is natural linen lined with cream batiste, and the body is storybook 2 by jay-cyn designs for birch fabrics. my pal CINO Jess sent the awesome print to me, just 1/2 yard i think, which worked out perfectly for the top! i finished it off with a little apple button that my pal Cherie sent me. she also sent me the cute little strawberry patch that was the perfect thing to add a little whimsy to the shorts! i believe the button and patch were both from Daiso.
the shorts are, once again, Dana’s fabulous Kid Shorts in a 3T. these are cut to “girl length” and have a fully gathered waistband. i made them in a charcoal gray baby wale corduroy from fabric depot that is so soft with a nice drape. baby wale is so perfect for kid clothes.
i got the idea for corduroy shorts from these awesome OP inspired ones on hungie gungie - i love them! i topstitched the serged seams down (super seam #3). i also did a double stitched hem, which i think makes them look more pro and keeps them sturdy when she’s climbing trees.
she’s a barefoot climbing girl after my own heart – i used to read books while nestled 10 feet up in a tree when i was little.
my favorite thing about this outfit was how collaborative it was. many of the supplies that make it special were given to me by friends, both of the patternmakers are also friends, and both pieces were inspired by fellow sewing bloggers. this outfit wouldn’t be possible without Liesl, Dana, Jess, Cherie, Gail, and Caroline. it feels like a total team effort, ya know?
and that’s my favorite way to sew – supported by and supporting the gals in our online community, all while making cute/practical/comfortable outfits to clothe my little ones. it just kind of all came together so nicely this time, and it makes me so happy.
be on the lookout, tomorrow i’ll be back with a fun guest post! :)