Wild Wandering. The travel bug hit, and off to Paris we went! Springtime in Paris is still an unpredictable time of year, so layers are ideal. I started this look off with a self-drafted skirt with some fun little details! The front and back yokes are lined in a cotton print and the small pleats give lots of room to run and play in. The front yoke has working buttons to allow for easy dressing, and the pockets are a nice little part of the whole front yoke design.
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Petit a Petit + Family--California Dreaming
When I think of California, I think the beach, surfers, skate boarding and taking it easy. I think I am a beach bum at heart! So I created a reversible bathing suit- I make everything reversible when I can! I used the Fancy Pants leggings as my starting point, modified the leg, scooped the back, doubled the front panel and extended it to make the bodice. I even added some elastic to the back to keep everything in place. I made one side solid with some tie- dye fabric I had in my stash and I color blocked the other using some thick lycra I found at my local fabric store. I am really excited to say that this will be my next pattern release in collaboration with Laura who created the Fancy Pants Leggings. You've got to have a camera to capture all the special moments while vacationing! So I made a Polaroid bag, with some cotton canvas I had, some grosgrain ribbon, a tiny bit of red felt and a some striped ribbon for the straps. I deliberately made the camera with raw edges and white stitching and stuffed it to give it the 3-d effect, and added a functional pocket at the back to keep small valuables such as seashells and other treasures. I had so much fun coming up with this bag and just love the added retro vibe it gives to the whole outfit.Nani Iro fabric I bought from Miss Matatabi and I am so glad I finally did. The lace is from a vintage table cloth my mom gave me. I created a hi-low hemline and the entire tunic is finished with bias tape as well as a facing at the hem. I call this my little work of art! It wraps around and closes with a fine lace ribbon, making it quick to go from roller-skating to swimming. Since the top is a tunic length at the front, I also created some shorts. They are self drafted and made from a lush double striped knit. I created faux pleat and added some vintage buttons to give it that sailor look. The facing at the waist and bias at the leg is also a fine jersey knit I had on hand. Lastly, I created a reversible visor- one side has the pastel colors to go with the tunic and the other has a bold pink to match with the color blocked bathing suit. I used some striped picot jersey on one side and some terry on the other, tying at the back with a large ribbon. The visor part is made from a plastic binder I found at Staples, which I cut into and finished the edge with some bias tape for a sleek look.
Don't forget to check out my little blog Petit a Petit and Family for many more details and some really fun photos. Hope to see you here again next week!
Call Ajaire--Cape Cod Casual
It's Always Autumn-- A Little Jane
When I saw the week 2 theme was a look inspired by a favorite (or dream) vacation spot, I immediately thought of the English countryside where many of Jane Austen's novels are set. If I could take a "dream vacation" I'd travel not only to the village where Lizzy Bennet grew up, but also to the time period in which she lived. I decided to make an outfit clearly inspired by Jane Austen's time and place, but translated into a modern, wearable look. So my outfit for week 2 is based on the standard Jane Austen heroine's "uniform": a long, white empire waist gown and a solid colored long sleeve jacket that hits just under the bustline. (Anyone else ever watched those movies and imagined herself in one of those gowns? Click through to my blog to see my look side-by-side with the inspiration photo.)
To modernize the look (and because my daughter doesn't have many places to wear a gown), I ditched the dress and made separates instead. I made a comfy raglan sleeve tee with a gathered sheer panel layered over the body of the tee, complete with a gorgeous wide lace trim. The soft overlay gives the shirt a bit of a romantic look, but the trendy color blocked baseball sleeves keep it modern. The tee is paired with slim-fitting cropped jeans that feature plenty of double top stitching along with back pocket detailing. Faux front pockets and a faux fly complete the stylish look while keeping the stretch denim jeans super comfortable for a 3-year-old who changes clothes a million times a day.Finally, I updated the standard "Jane" jacket into a cropped motorcycle inspired jacket with an asymmetrical zipper. I added quilting on the shoulder panels and lower half of the sleeves, elastic across the back hem, and a bright gold separating zipper to give it the "cool" feel of a motorcycle jacket. I sewed it up in a pretty green bottom weight cotton to reflect the green countryside in Britain and lined it in a pink and green plaid for warmth on windy spring days. I like that the romantic inspiration is clear in the finished outfit, but there's also a strong modern feel, especially when the jacket is worn unzipped and there's a peek at the pink t-shirt sleeves. All pieces were self drafted using other clothing as a reference. For more photos and details, remember to visit my blog - thanks!.
Googie Mama--Tale of the Cod
when i first read this week’s challenge my idea was immediate and definite: PARIS. it’s my dream vacation, and one day…one day. but that’s been done, and done well. my next thought: bermuda, where the googiedaddy and i had spent our 15th anniversary last fall. but i think the chances of getting my soon-to-be-12 son in a pair of pink bermuda shorts and knee high socks is < 0, to be honest. so back to the drawing board i went, and it wasn’t too hard to come up with the winner. the place my family has been vacationing at every year since i was 8 and it was just my parents, my brother and i—clear through until now, when it’s parents, brothers, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, grandkids, and sometimes friends or other family.
CAPE COD, MASS. it’s practically a second home at this point. and the transient weather—one minute sunny and warm, the next cool ocean breezes making you shiver and reach for a jacket—inspired both looks for my kiddos this week. let’s start with ava.
AVA is wearing a very traditional pair of sailor style pants—from the high waist to the wide leg and the shiny buttons in between. they have an invisible side zipper, the top is fully lined, and the lining was hand stitched down for a smooth finish. and they fit PERFECTLY. she has just the right shape to rock these pants. i knew i wanted a simple blouse tucked in to the pants, and this white fabric is sooo cool. it’s alternating stripes of woven fabric and elastic strips. i trimmed out the boat neck with a tiny coral and white trim, and finished the back with a cool turndown and four coordinating coral buttons. it needed a little more, so i drew out an anchor shape with my vanishing fabric pen and randomly filled it in with coral thread using my free motion foot. then i hand stitched the gold chain trim around the anchor. the jacket…ahhh, the jacket. 150% a labor of love. i went for a military styling—the gold button epaulets, the high collar, and the double breast. it can button up for warm or button open for style. to keep it feminine i gathered the neck slightly in back, gave it a high-low hem and finished the inside with a fun fabric and more of the tiny coral trim. i took time making sure the inside of the jacket is just as beautifully finished as the outside, and i am in love with this jacket—in fact, with this whole outfit. and i’d wear it if i could. all the items ava is wearing are self drafted.
HARRISON is pulling double duty—he’s my spring break look, and my upcycle look. his pants began life as a pair of men’s 42x32 cords, and they were so beautiful i almost hated tearing them apart. but i did it—recut the legs and waistband, took out the front pockets and reinserted them, along with some cool green and white striped trim on the outside seam. i love the way they turned out—enough little detail to make them mine, but cool enough that he wore them to school. his tshirt came from some raw yardage, a maternity t, and a large men’s t. i pieced them all together to create a baseball sleeve top, then freezer paper stenciled across the front. harrison’s jacket was another labor of love—i used a man’s 2XL rain coat, and XL fleece. i broke the raincoat completely down and recut all new pieces, creating this stylish raincoat with grey and blue trim. i used the zipper to add a little decorative element to the back, and reset the pockets in the front—one on the bottom and one sideways towards the top. then i used the fleece pieces to give it a layered look, but without the bulk. i kept the zipper for closure, and the bottom hem so it can be pulled snug. i also finished the inside of this jacket with trim to cover any raw edges.
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