I finally got a chance to take some pictures of Addie some clothes that I finished recently.
was my impetus for buying this book.
She's been playing with my buttons a lot. She's very focused on whatever she's doing with them. Can you tell? Some of the buttons always end up getting lost when she plays with them, but I decided I prefer that to hours of watching TV.
The pink fabric was from my sister for my birthday. She had combed through my blog to find out what designers I liked. Wasn't that sweet? I guess when she got to the fabric store, they had never heard of any of them, but I think she did very well picking out something I would like.
Anyway, when I got this book, I was thrilled to see that there were so many other great patterns in it. The last thing in the world that Addie needs is a blazer, but I saw a pattern for one in this book and just had to make it. The whole time I was making it, I was sure she'd never wear it. Sometimes I just like to make something just for the fun of it - you know - just to see if I can do it.
When I saw the photo in the book, I thought, "Oh, that's pretty cute", but when I saw the back, I just knew I had to make it.
I love the elbow pads and the little belt thingy. It turns out Addie loves it. Amazing. She's nothing if not unpredictable.
I just started kind of getting into making entire outfits instead of just one thing. Believe me, when I first started sewing clothes, I thought the one item was plenty sufficient. I think I'm getting a little obsessed. I couldn't very well make the shirt and jacket without pants to go with it.
The pants are Oliver & S sailboat pants in tan linen. I made them full length and tried to give them a wider leg by cutting straight down from about the outer hip (just below the lower triangle mark if you have the pattern) and at an angle so they'd hit where you'd normally cut out the section to make the little notches at the hem. I really like how they came out. I think next time, I'll try to go a little wider. Actually, I really should branch out and try some other pants patterns.
I made the hat a while ago, but I thought it would go well with the jacket. Addie, being the fashion rebel that she is, insists on wearing it sideways. I found the pattern here via Ravelry.
Back soon with more tips for Sewing Japanese.