This top is quite a departure for me since I tend to choose subdued colors and prints. And nothing about neon alligators says subdued! Plus, I'm not really a fan of ruffles, which technically I guess these aren't, but the overall look to me still screams ruffles. However, Mae is three, and sometimes she just likes different things than me and she is the one who wears the clothes :) Besides, she loves happy animals of all kinds. Today when we went to the farm she was so excited because the baby cows were sooooooo happy!!!!!! I'd love to know how she knows that, but I'm kind of afraid to ask ;)
I chose to use Ottobre Designs 3/2015 pattern No. 15 in size 92 width with 98 length. The pattern is described as a dress, but I would more accurately call it a tunic. Although, I just rechecked Mae's measurements, and I should have been sewing the 104 length instead. Oh well, I didn't realize she had grown quite that much! The only changes I made to the pattern were to omit both the sleeves and the band across the back since it doesn't slide off of Mae's shoulders anyway.
I love the gator fabric! The stretch and recovery is perfect, and it sews up beautifully. The houndstooth, on the other hand, I did not like at all. The recovery was poor and the white background showed through the black part of the print way too much! I generally love the prints I get from Funkaliscious Fabrics, so I'm not sure exactly what the problem was with this one. Regardless, I won't stop buying from the store; I'll just stick with the more expensive stuff since the quality seems to be significantly better.
This next picture is the usual face and posture I get when I tell her that I want a picture. I especially love how she plasters her hands up against her sides as hard as she can! And even better, if I tell her to turn around, she sticks her little butt out at me ;)
And, of course, here's the inside. Aside from being too lazy to change the bobbin thread to white when sewing the skirt tiers, I think it looks pretty good. Especially since I rarely use clear elastic so the fact that the gathering is remotely even is something of a miracle ;)
Gator print - The Fabric Geeks Facebook Group
Houndstooth - Funkalicious fabrics on Etsy (this exact print is no longer available)