I actually started sewing this outfit a few weeks ago with the hope that if I made summer clothes it might actually warm up around here :) No such luck! It snowed another 2" this week which resulted in just enough snow to set the all time snowfall record for a single season. I am so ready to move south!!!!
Anyway, back to the outfit :) I knew I wanted comfy cropped pants that were still really girly. I chose this lovely floral from Joann's that is some kind of super soft and stretchy denim/twill. I really don't know exactly what it is, but it washes up beautifully without any wrinkles and is incredibly soft! And any fabric that doesn't require ironing is my kind of fabric :) For the pattern I started with the free Elegance & Elephants Retro Sweatpants. I cut the size 12 months, took 2" off the bottom hem and about 1" off the front rise. Then, instead of using a cuff, I sewed 16 pintucks around the bottom of each leg and finished them with bias binding. It was a real pain, but I love the faux cuff look! I also included the side seam pockets because they make the pants poof out around the hips which looks so cute :)
The top is self drafted and based on my free basic bodice pattern. It's a simple bubble tank with a keyhole back upcycled from an old maternity top of mine. I added the cream pocket and bias trim along the bottom just for a bit of contrast. My favorite part is the plum colored vintage button used to close the keyhole opening! You can see it better in one of the pictures below :)
To finish the outfit (and make it slightly more realistic for spring in Michigan!) I made a hooded sweatshirt from Ottobre Autumn 4/2011. This was my first time sewing an Ottobre magazine pattern and all I have to say for now was that it was an interesting challenge! I'll do a proper pattern review later with a bit more info :)
The purple fabric is a really nice medium weight ponte knit from Joann's. It has a slight metallic sheen and the reverse side (cuffs and hem band) is a lovely micro stripe. The accent fabric used for the hood, snap placket and mini sleeve pocket is an old top of mine that I didn't really like anyway. Trust me when I say it looks way cuter on Mae's sweatshirt :)
This is probably my favorite outfit ever! It is practical, comfortable and really cute! Plus Mae gladly wore it all day without a single complaint ... which is amazing when you consider that she would rather be naked all hours of the day :)
I had to include this last picture! She was so happy to have her picture taken with her Horsey (pronounced ho-shee in Mae speak) which some of you might recognize if you were part of the 1980s Cabbage Patch craze :) It was mine once upon a time, but Mae has claimed it for herself. In fact, she loves it so much that Horsey went to Target and the grocery store with us today. Properly buckled in to its own seat I might add :) What can I say, Mae loves seat belts too!
Pants - Stretch lightweight denim(?) from Joann's
Tank - Upcycled tee
Trim/Pocket - Bamboo french terry from Nature's Fabric
Button - Vintage
Sweatshirt - Metallic Ponte knit from Joann's
Sweatshirt Lining - Upcycled tee
Snaps - Kamsnaps