I can't believe this is already week 4! I have lost all track of time while doing this, but it has been so fun/crazy/stressful/awesome! This week was outwear. Yikes! Almost as scary as the boys week! I was able to make a jacket for boys week, so I figured I would try for another one. I have been coveting this purple and ivory tweed herringbone fabric forever, but never had a reason to use it...until now! Win! It is so pretty and the pictures don't do it justice. So here it is in all it's sweet, girly tweediness (I love fake words)!
And since I can't leave well enough alone I made two separate peter pan collars. One ivory and one fake fur (my whole
I used the bodice part of a 1965 dress pattern to get the basic shape for the top, then went from there. I lined the whole thing in a floral print and added lots of pockets! My daughter is HUGE into collecting rocks, sticks, leaves, you name it and shoving her pockets full of them while we are outside, so all the tiny mulch pieces that are still in her pockets end up all in my washing machine...joy. Long intro there, so I made two large divided pockets that I lined with iron on vinyl so I can easily empty the mess out. Smart, right? No more picking bits of mulch out of our clothes. There is also a big gathered pocket (with a heart applique because I can't help myself), which is perfect for carrying around a stuffed animal, another thing she ALWAYS does.
I drafted the peter pan collars (yay me!) using freezer paper and my duct tape childs dress form, which is oh so creepy but very helpful since I do 99% of my sewing while she is either asleep or at school (she's not a big fan of being stabbed with pins either.). I wanted to be able to dress the coat up or down so I made the two separate collars and added ivory ribbon to tie them with. She loves the fur one, I cannot decide my favorite way to wear it. I figure they can be used with a ton of other outfits she has too, gotta love that!
The fantastic hat is made from felt that I shaped and added some felt leaves and made a tweed fabric flower. I gotta admit I was wearing it around the house...shh.
I made the leggings out of knit jersey that I added two vertical pieces of elastic and added another tweed flower. I have gotten mixed reviews about them, but I LOVE them!
So there ya go, my outerwear look!
If I haven't bored you enough with pictures, check out my flickr album! On to next week, a party dress!