Mae's outfit today is brought to you courtesy of Project Run & Play Mad about Plaid week :) Yes, I actually completed two projects for this particular theme. For a person who really doesn't like plaid all that much, I certainly do like to sew with it!
Mae's top is my take on the Sew Like my Mom Busy Lizzie dress, which is a brand new pattern on the market this week. I'll share an official review (and another version) tomorrow, but for now I'll just say that's a quick and easy pattern with very cute results :) I did make a couple changes like adding a high-low hem by cutting the back as a size 4 and the front as a size 2 and then curving the pieces to match. I also pleated the sleeves rather than gathering both to match the front and to give the sleeves a little more modern feel. Then I closed to top with a bright yellow button for a little pop of color on a mostly neutral palette.
For the pants, I started with a pattern from an Ottobre magazine from 2010, and then I proceeded to make so many changes to it that the only thing that remains from the original pattern is the cute little side detail at the hem. Even though the pattern called for a knit fabric (and I was using linen), the pants were so huge that I would have been able to put a Mae in each leg :) Thankfully I discovered this (I compared it to a leggings pattern I drafted) before sewing everything together! So I cut about 3" off the width of each leg and about 2" off the waist, and I also changed the shape a bit. I wanted a harem-ish slouchy shape with looser hips and thighs, but a fitted lower leg. The original pattern called for a folded, fully elastic waist, but I like flat front pants better (especially with a toddler belly ... so cute!) so I added a 3/4 elastic paper bag waist with a buttoned flat front. You can see the waist better in the picture at the end of this post since Mae's shirt covers it when she's wearing the pants. I tried to take a picture of the waist while Mae had the pants on, but every time I tried, she giggled like crazy and grabbed her belly :)
One of my favorite things about sewing is that I can design separates that can go with lots of items in Mae's closet. The plaid top looks so cute with this dress that I blogged about in April and transitions it very nicely into fall.
While we were at the park taking pictures today, Mae discovered the bleachers at the baseball diamond, so we spent a bit of time walking up and down each row just. After all, you never know, one row might be so much more fun than the last one :)
The whole reason I chose this pants pattern in the first place is because of the cute little gathered detail at the hemline. I can see making a few more pairs of these in the future :)
I just want to take a moment and point out that my plaid lines up along the sides of the top. It sounds so easy, but cheap Joann's fabric (combined with an aline shaped top) doesn't always, shall we say, stay in line like it's supposed to. Kinda sounds like my kids :) One of the reasons I tend to like more expensive fabric is because it is normally printed straight on the grain and tends to be quite a bit easier to sew than cheaper fabrics. This fabric is no exception to the normal Joann's plaid, and is not quite straight, but I was able to manipulate it enough to make it look like it is. Although I spent way too much time on it since I'm probably the only one who would have noticed if it wasn't lined up perfectly! But now you all know so I feel much better about the time
Top - Joann's
Pants - Black Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen Blend from fabric.com
Binding/piping - Black 21-wale corduroy by Robert Kaufman
Buttons - Joann's
Shoes - Dawna in Black from Target