Or purple as Addie disappointedly pointed out.
I'm counting this outfit as the first of my KCWC completions. I probably really shouldn't, since I finished most of it this weekend before KCWC technically started. But I did press the shirt today and put the elastic into the skirt. And it was a bit frustrating because I was trying to do it quickly while Addie was making demands from the tub and before the sun went down. And because the skirt was supposed to have two rows of 1/2 elastic which I just couldn't get to fit, but I stubbornly got it all the way through and sewed the ends together and tried futilely to get that last loop of elastic into the casing to no avail. I ended up giving up and ripping out the extra row of stitching and just putting in one row of 3/4 inch elastic - all the while Addie yelling at me about little brown things in the tub that she thought were bugs (I think it was lint), my phone ringing, and the sun rapidly setting. So you see, I should get lots of frustration points right?
Of course the skirt and shirt combo looked great in the pattern photo, but I'm not sure they go so well together. The shirt is really too long to be untucked and it inhibits the whole twirly-ness factor. Tucked in, it's kind of cute, in a 50's-poodle-skirt kind of way, but I'm not sure Addie's really a tucked-in kind of girl.
Come to think of it, I'm not sure she's all that twirly either. I was trying to explain twirl, and she did understand the ballet concept from her in depth study of Angelina Ballerina. The above photo is a stretch (which I think Addie called a jete). The one below is a pirouette.
We couldn't seem to come up with a common vocabulary for twirl, however. It would probably work better in socks on a hardwood floor anyway.
You can kind of see that the skirt's waist has the same fabric is the shirt. It's pretty cute, but it kind of just blends into the shirt. The skirt also has hidden pockets, but I forgot to get a photo of Addie using them.
Here's another shot of the waistband. I also love the little gathers below the yoke on the shirt. You can kind of see them in the photo above.
Both the shirt and skirt are from this book.
Here's a closeup of the front.
I decided to do fabric covered buttons using the fabric from the skirt just like what was shown in the pattern photo. I'm really glad I did. It's one of my favorite things about the shirt. (I used two layers of the lightweight shot cotton. I tried it with one at first, but it was a bit see-through.)
I got the shirt fabric in Toronto over a year ago. It might be Liberty. It was with some other fabric in the shop that looked like Liberty and under a Liberty sign, but I think I only paid something like $12 a yard (or metre) for it which I'm guessing is probably too good to be true. In any case, the fabric was very nice to work with, definitely a lawn, and the printing is the crispest I've ever seen.
The skirt is a Kaffe Fassett shot cotton - my new staple for clothing sewing. Love it!
How can it be almost 9:00 pm already?! I have so much left I want to accomplish (and of course, tonight is the night my husband picks to hem his pants - not liking him using my stuff).
How is your KCWC going? I'm loving everyone else's KCWC posts and the flickr pool. I love thinking about all of us sewing (and many of us obsessing) at the same time.