I'm pretty sure I will slowly but surely sew every Japanese pattern I can get my hands on :) Today's pattern is from this Japanese sewing book:
This is actually the first pattern I used in this book, and like all the other Japanese patterns I have sewn so far, I found it to be very straight forward as long as you are familiar with basic sewing techniques. This is pattern M in size 100. Mae really wears a size 90, but the smallest size included in this book is 100, and I really wanted to try out one of the patterns, so the end result is a bit big. Patience is not really my forte, so waiting for her to grow enough for the pattern to fit properly was not going to happen :)
I wish I could say that I made the star jeggings as well, but I'm going to have to give the credit to Old Navy :) Here's the link if your little one needs a pair of her (or his!) own.
I made the vest from an old sweater knit maternity dress of mine. Then I lined it with a fuchsia pink cotton velour. I would not recommend that combo to anyone, because it was a bear to sew :) The sweater knit wanted to fray and would not hold it's shape, and the velour is really, really, really (did I say really?) stretchy and slippery. I did my best, but when I washed and dried the finished vest (yes, I machine dry almost all of the clothes we own) the lining was slightly larger than the sweater knit. That makes the seams roll a bit toward the outside, but I kind of like seeing the bright pink around all the edges, so I'll just say that I planned it that way :)
I love this picture! Mae and I spent lots of time this summer walking down to the neighborhood pool and playing in the parking lot and on the basketball court. So Mae was a bit surprised this morning to come face to face with one of the more unwelcome realities of fall ... i.e. a locked gate across the entrance to the pool parking lot :) She stood there for a few minutes trying to figure out what to do before I convinced her that we just had to turn around and go home. Luckily, there were lots of yummy raspberries at home to ease her disappointment!
Sweater knit - Re-purposed maternity dress
Lining - Pink cotton velour
Buttons - Metal shank buttons from Joann's