Friday, January 17, 2014

snowflakes & lace series - treasure pocket

I am so excited to be posting as part of the Snowflakes & Lace series hosted by RaeAnna from SewingMamaRaeAnna and Veronica from SewVery.  As soon as the series was announced, I knew exactly what lace I needed to use.  Several years ago I bought this unmarked role of vintage lace trim.  I have absolutely no idea when it was manufactured or material content or anything of the sort, but I own about 75 yards of it, so I really need to use it more often :)


The inspiration for the rest of the color scheme came from looking out my window.  I live in Michigan which is very grey and snow covered in January.  I would love to move south, but for the time being, I have decided to embrace the monotone vista :)  I used pattern #6 from this Japanese sewing book for the dress.  I made a couple of small modifications for the lace overlay, but overall, it's pretty true to the pattern.  I really like the fit and can see myself using it again.


Mae's favorite part of this outfit was the treasure pocket.  And in her case treasure = Dora the Explorer lip balm :)  After we finished with pictures, she kept playing with the pocket for a while until she got frustrated when she couldn't open and close the snap by herself.  I have to be honest, I was tired of opening and closing it for her, so I was glad she moved on to newer and better things!



If the top of this outfit resembles grey skies and falling snow, the bottom is the snowdrift that I seem to loose my boots in at least once every. single. year.  These leggings were upcycled from the sleeves of a shirt I found at Salvation Army.  They are so thick and fuzzy that Mae's legs look about twice as thick as they normally do :)  But at least she is warm!


Since I promised myself that (almost!) everything I make this year will be practical, I figure I may as well hold myself accountable for that promise on my blog.  I see Mae wearing these leggings throughout this winter and possibly even next year if she doesn't grow too much. The top is great now with a sweater and will work well in warmer weather as well since it's linen.  The treasure pocket only used scraps, and although it's not the most practical object, I think Mae will use it quite a bit.  If not, it may end up being a gift card holder for my purse instead :)


Materials:
Top - Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Black
Lace - Vintage
Bottoms - Upcycled fleece shirt


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13 comments :

  1. I love this outfit! The way you used the lace is perfect!!! I have been eying that Japanese sewing book for a while and I think I need to get it!
    Mae is so adorable - she's lucky to have a mama that sews beautiful (and practical!) clothes!

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    1. Thanks RaeAnna! I just love my Japanese sewing books! I have six so far, and there are three more that I will probably own sooner rather than later :)

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  2. The interpretation of the top is just beautiful! It just wouldn't be the same at all without that delicate lace, and the pouch is such a fun idea! I know my daughter would love something like that, too. Thanks for being part of our series!

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    1. Thanks! It's a great series! I always love seeing what everyone comes up with :)

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  3. This top is lovely. The leggings look so cozy. And I know my girl would love that little treasure pocket. I'm hoping next month to finally jump in and sew from the Japanese book I have. This is inspiration for sure.

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    1. I love the Japanese sewing books. The patterns always seem to fit Mae so well. So often I have to size down in US patterns, but never with the Japanese books. And as I long as I pay attention while copying the patterns I don't make too many mistakes, just the usual amount :)

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  4. Oh it is really pretty!-and wearable. Great use of lace.

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    1. Thanks! Wearable has been my ultimate goal lately :)

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  5. This is such a great winter wonderland look. Great Job!!
    with love,
    -Jo

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    1. Thanks! I have a ton of it and I'm always looking for places to use it :)

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