When I saw that the theme of the first week was knitwear, I knew immediately what I wanted to make. Little Sister just started a fun tap dance class at a community center, and although there is nothing strict about it, we did notice that there was a dress code sign hanging up that specified tights and a leotard. Well, Little Sister didn't have a leotard but I thought it would be fun to make one. My first try was an awkward fit in pale pink stripes that gave me enough information to draw a new pattern and start designing a full knitwear look for Project Run and Play.
I'm getting down to the last bit of the awesome realistic strawberry print knit that I bought in Japan for less than $2/yard (I made this newborn set using it, and this tee for myself), and I instantly knew it would be a perfect leotard. I could picture black and white accents for a graphic pop, and once I got started I couldn't stop!
The leotard was the no-brainer (I started with the free 24 month pattern from Shwin and Shwin and adapted it--added sleeves, and made it fit an almost-6-year-old), and I wanted to make a cardigan inspired by ballet wrap tops to go over it, but with a bit funkier vibe.
I love the black and white stripes against the strawberries--so fun! Actually, all of the fabrics I used except for the black ponte knit in the cardi came from the fantastic Knits floor of Tomato fabrics in Nippori (Fabric Town in Tokyo). I decided to add a little accent on the waistband (well, rib-cage band, I guess, since it's well above her waist!)--a bit of the black stripe gathering the band up a bit.
|Sorry for the washed-out photo--it's hard to get the details to show up in black knit!|
The back of the leotard dips down a bit, and I cut the legs pretty low to avoid that awkward underwear-under-the-tights bunching. And then of course we needed leg warmers--essential for dance class!
And while I was at it-- a headband too! Why not? I mean, when you start with that strawberry fabric, you go big or you go home.
|This hairstyle cracks me up.|
Next I added a pull-on french terry skirt to throw on after class. The pattern is free, from Craftiness is not Optional--wonder where I got the idea to use this fabric?
Is it a bit much when you put everything together? I don't know...I just can't get enough of it!
Little Sister prefers to wear just a few of the pieces at a time, but so far she has been excited about mixing and matching them.
I love all of the options! And now I want to go eat a strawberry!