This kind of challenge often stymies me, because it's so wide open--what IS my personal style? And how does that translate when I am sewing for someone else? Someone who has opinions, and increasingly strong ones at that? Well, this week it all came together with an outfit that we are both really happy with.
On my first fabric shopping trip in Tokyo, I found this amazing Liberty of London print featuring Hello Kitty on Tana Cotton Lawn.
|Hello Kitty in a formal garden!|
|The lining is the same pale pink fabric I used for the collar.|
I based the cardi off of a little pink shrug that Little Sister wears all the time. And as I was looking at it to get ready to make this new cardi, I realized that with all of the wear it gets (plus the other two girls who wore it before handing it down to us), that it might be time to replace that cardi anyway. So I made this one reversible--the light pink on the inside is a pretty close match to the old one.
|Little Sister likes this side better, because she says the striped fabric is softer against her skin.|
|I almost forgot to show off the back! But boo, I didn't get any pictures of my perfectly invisible invisible zipper.|
I made the sleeves a little longer than normal so that I could cuff them to show the opposite fabric, and I used a hook-and-eye closure so that it could be easily closed from either side.
I used one of my little scraps to make a matching headband too. It's just a tube of fabric, then I made some pleats at the end and tucked a piece of Foldover Elastic in both ends and sewed it together! Easy peasy. Going to make a few in different fabrics for myself.
|Which she actually does like, I promise!|
Oh! And I have been watching the dreamy outfits that have been coming from the I [heart] Marcel Marlier series that Straight Grain and sewpony are hosting, and even though I have never been exposed to Marcel Marlier's books before, I feel pretty confident in linking this look up with their sewalong--between the peter pan collar, the full skirt, the cardigan, and the headband, I'm pretty sure this outfit works!