Today I’m showing an outfit that almost didn’t make it here.
It was one of my first projects this fall (earlier October) but because it was too hot then to wear it I didn’t take an pictures at the time.
When the weather finally cooled down a bit and my girl finally got to wear it, I didn’t took any pictures (because I forgot these were still to be posted).
So, it took me almost 3 months to finally take any pictures of it – and trust me, by the time these pictures were taken, each piece of this outfit – dress, collar tee and sleeveless vest – had been worn to pieces.
Yet, I really couldn’t miss the chance to post it, because it really reflects the way I (usually) sew for my girl: coordinated pieces that are meant to be layered.
Let me tell how it all began …
It all started with this dress – Mallory by the Children’s Corner – which is a personal favorite. I’ve lost count on the number of versions I’ve made so far and I even purchased the larger sizes when my girl was only wearing the 2 years-size (I was so confident she would be wearing this dress until she was 8 years-old).
The fit is perfect on her, the pattern is easy enough to sew in one-late night sewing (less than 3 hours) and it actually doesn’t take that much fabric (it is lined, nonetheless).
The fabric is a medium-weight plaid that I got from a local shop (I used about 75 cm for a size 7 dress) and as usual I added a (blue) lace trim from my stash to the front bodice. It adds a bit of interest and makes the dress less formal.
Obviously, if you sew a sleeveless dress, you need a blouse/top/tee to go with it right?
I had used the Mattie blouse pattern before, also from Children’s Corner (here) so I new this would be a great pattern for mimic the collar lace tees I bought for my daughter (these are usually a bit expensive, although I usually wait for a sale). Other than adding a lace trim to the collar, I followed the instructions for the Mattie blouse quite closely.
I sewed two blouses from 1-meter of white knit fabric (size 6). The one above had a slightly smaller lace trim, but the stitching on the collar was not perfect (I need to practice more sewing with knits), so I gave it another try (bellow). This one looks much better but to be honest I should have picked a lace trim with less width (I was sewing from my stash so I had to use what I had), but overall I’m also pretty pleased with the outcome.
If you can access knit fabrics easily (which is something I can’t as my local shops don’t really carry good-quality knits) I would strongly advise you to invest in a basic tee/blouse pattern (so far, I’ve only used Mattie, and I can highly recommend it as it also goes to size 10, but there are more available from other designers which can also be a good option). My girl wears these lace tees with almost everything and I can see a couple of short-sleeve versions in my future.
And finally, I added a sleeveless vest (a free pattern from France Duval-Stalla, that was a great tip from a couple of sewing friends). The pattern is available in French and goes from 3 months to 6 years.
Because I was sewing with a furry remnant (again, found at a local shop) I skipped the angel sleeves included in the pattern. Another adjustment I made was sewing the front ties higher in the vest (instead of in the middle of the front pieces). It just makes more sense to me like that.
The lining is a piece of Liberty (in the exact shades of the dress) that also looks great with jeans and so many other pieces from her wardrobe. As an added bonus, this vest is reversible – but obviously my girl prefers to wear it with the furry side out 🙂
Even if your French is a bit rusty, don’t be intimidated by the french instructions, this pattern is quite easy to follow and, if you have some sewing knowledge, you should do fine (I didn’t actually followed the instructions as it is very intuitive to sew). I enlarged the pattern pieces a bit as I assumed the larger size would be a bit short on my girl.
I love it when she wears handmade from head to toe. And I’m quite lucky because she loves it too 😉
xo, Ana Sofia