So, I was supposed to have made an adorable Joey dress out of these zebras for Violet to wear for picture day next week...But then Rachael mentioned that it was a bit see through. I checked, it is...So I had to rethink the dress idea. (We are putting the zebras aside for a sweatshirt of sorts, as Violet had originally envisioned anywho.)
Next, we decided on a Hemlock top turned dress with the addition of a circle skirt (a la this fox dress...) I fell in love with this top after seeing Rachel's versions (she has a way of making me fall in love with patterns and wanting to buy them!). I used a couple of the knits that I scored for $3/yard the other week.
The stripe fabric is crazy light weight and see through so only really good for sleeves or a cardi (maybe I'll sew up a Julia for myself with the rest). I really loved this shirt as it was coming together (fairly quickly I might add). And when it was finished I really loved it! But then, when Violet put it on I was a little bit less in love with it. I'm not sure what it is, the color/fabric choices, maybe it's too big? I do think that the ruffles would look much better and cuter with a sturdier knit. Plus, the ruffles droop below the shoulders a bit, which might just mean that I should have made a smaller size?
Anyway, she says she likes it. She did, however, decide that she liked it just as a top and not a dress. This, after I had already cut out the circle skirt and hemmed it. But not yet attached it, so I added elastic and now she's got a basic knit skirt too, perfect for throwing over leggings!
Or, wearing together even... (I should have hemmed the shirt shorter...)
But, I couldn't stop there since my "plan" turned out wearable for sure, but a little bit drab. So, in about thirty minutes (all the time I had...) I tossed together a double layer skirt using the Cotton + Steel tigers that Violet picked out on our trip to Finch and nearly the last of my double cloth cotton from Imagine Gnats.
Perhaps I should have allowed myself a bit more time because I wished that the tiger layer was a little bit longer...oops! Anyway, it was a fun way to use the little half yard that I bought. I like the added double cloth cotton layer as it allows it to be more of a four seasons skirts. I had thought of making a more "grown up" type skirt (like the alder) but Violet still really loves her easy pull on fullish skirts...
And, I totally get that because they are so darn comfy!
I'm not sure if any of this is what she is actually going to end up wearing for picture day, eh it's fine she will find something. She's toying even with wearing last year's dress again. But, in the end she did get a few useful staples added to her wardrobe, and staples are good too! And if your staples involve these sweet little tigers...
...well that's extra good!
So, are you sewing along this week? I have to admit two things...One, the husband out of town thing is actually pretty great for KCW because he doesn't see the crazy late nights. Now that I think about it, he is actually out of town most of the time during KCW hmmm...maybe he's planned it! And two, I'm exhausted and feeling a bit like this...
Well, that's it for today!