My movie inspiration is the Shirley Temple movie Bright Eyes. I really wanted to make the leather jacket shown a few minutes into the movie, but leather and toddler does not equal practical, which appears to be my theme for the year :)
Since the leather bomber jacket was out, I opted to make a variation on the chambray romper and smock that she wears a little later in the movie. But instead of a romper, I chose to make pants and a top that give the appearance of one piece. Mae is newly potty trained and very independent (like most 2 year olds!) so rompers are a no go.
For the pants I used pattern #20 from this Japanese pattern book. I love this pattern with it's cute gathered back pockets! The results look professional and it wasn't very difficult as long as you can find the correct instructions to follow :) For some reason steps 7 & 8 in the pattern were not with the rest of the instructions and there was no page number listed for reference like I've seen in the other Japanese patterns I've used. So I had to flip through the instructions until I found what I needed in another pattern from the book ... pattern #11 just in case you want make these :)
The top started out as the Jocole Endless Dress pattern. I used the waist length size 2T pattern piece and added 1" width along each of the shoulder seams. Then after I sewed the shoulder seams, I sewed three pintucks across each shoulder so they wouldn't be too wide. For the sleeves I cut the 3/4 sleeve pattern but eliminated the tapering along the seam and added a cuff. I also gathered the bottom of the bodice and added a 2" band.
Mae got an easel for her 2nd birthday, and I love the idea of an artist's smock. So when I saw the one Shirley Temple is wearing in Bright Eyes, I (I mean Mae!) had to have one! I drafted my own pattern, and at the last minute (I was already sewing it together) decided to add pockets to make it more functional. And both Mae and I love the result!
Contrary to the pictures, this was not a fun photo shoot! Mae always has an opinion these days and is very vocal when expressing them. You should notice that there is not one single picture where she is looking at the camera. That was not on her agenda today :)
Materials:Pants & Top - Robert Kaufman Yarn Dyed Essex Linen in Indigo from fabric.com
Smock - Alexander Henry "what's your number?"
Smock lining/accents - Anna Griffin Elsie's Kitchen
Snaps - Kamsnaps