This top barely resembles the original Geranium pattern by Rae, but it did start out that way! I love the basic bodice shape (and the fit) so much that I use it as the base for pretty much every pattern I draft. I swear we could go the whole summer wearing nothing but geraniums. That didn't sound quite right, and although I'm sure that it is accepted (and even embraced!) in some circles, I don't think it would fly around here, but I'm sure you know what I meant :)
Every once in a while, I browse through my Pinterest board so aptly named sewing inspiration (I'm not one for stating the obvious or anything am I?) for, I'm sure you've guessed by now, inspiration ... or just for a challenge like here. This time I found these goodies and decided to use parts of each.
The overall shape ... here and here
The little pockets ... here and here
The lapped shoulder ... here
The muted palette ... here and here
Does anyone else do this too? Sometimes you just can't decide what to make, and the choices are really rather overwhelming, so you just start designing and end up with a whole bunch of ideas rolled into one, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. And sometimes you just end up with a long run-on sentence :) Or am I the only one that does that? Fortunately, this time it worked!
Here's a couple more pictures of the back and side to show some of the cute details of
Just imagine this little face looking up at you and begging to go outside ... or eat a cookie ... or go for a walk ... or ... or ... or ... you get the picture. It takes a stronger mom than me to resist. Of course, she won't actually say anything since she still doesn't talk at all. Although, I suppose you don't have to talk when you're this cute (and have 5 big brothers and sisters who get you everything you want) ... but that's a topic for another day :)
Top fabric - vintage white linen
Bottom fabric - Timber by Windham Fabrics
Piping - homemade from green minidot fabric from Joann's
Snaps - Kamsnaps
Leggings - Mini Boden