I cut out this outfit for Addie during Kid's Clothing Week Challenge a few months ago. I had grand plans to visit my dad on his boat to take the photos, so it would look truly sailor-ish. I thought better of that when I realized Addie would probably be grown out of it by the time we got a visit in AND had the outfit clean at the same time. I mean who makes white pants for their kid anyway?!
(I used Pioneer Woman's Soft & Faded Action for this photo. I think it's kind of cool.)
We ended up at Portland's (Maine's) East End Beach area and had a good time in spite of Addie's many protestations and overall whining.
Poor thing. The conversation went something like this, "Why did you make me sailor clothes? I don't like bein' a sailor girl. And this is a fat shirt and I don't like wearing it this way. And I don't like sleeves like this. And Joe said there would be a park here. And why wouldn't Dad let me buy Ken today to go with my Barbies." And on and on. I mean, could you be any more miserable?
She even looks unhappy from the back.
This was the least grumpy full shot I managed to get.
She has a cute pair of navy blue Keds Mary Janes that would have been adorable with the outfit, but with the mood she was in, I wasn't going to try to persuade her out of the dorky sandals.
Even though everything was all cut out - even the interfacing - I had a hard time getting started on this project. I know my crafting self well enough to know I enjoy starting something way more than finishing something.
The blouse is another Blouse D from a Japanese Pattern Book that I call "The Bubble Dress" book. I used some navy double gauze that I bought from Talk to the Sun Supplies on Etsy. It's really good stuff. And as much as I like the Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton that I used last time I made this shirt, I think this double gauze will hold up much better. I'm thinking that she can get away with wearing it under her school uniform when school starts. (Oh, and that happened to be my third to the last stash fabric. Only two more to go. Woo hoo!)
I did some really simple embroidery with white DMC around the collar. There's no way I could make my stitches that even on my own. I did the normal top-stitching in navy thread with my sewing machine then just followed that stitching with my embroidery - going over and under two machine stitches each time. I also used some of my precious Liberty bias tape that I bought here for inside the collar. I love how that looks. I think I'll have to stock up on some more.
The pants (which ended up rolling up quite easily) are the classic Oliver & S sailboat pants. I wanted the leg to be a little wider, so when I was cutting out, I drew a line from the first notch at the top of the pants down to the outside of the tab for the notch at the hem. I just skipped the notch. Then I also sewed two strips of navy grosgrain ribbon on the pant legs just before the step where you sew the inseam together - so I was guaranteed to have the ribbon line up right on at least one side.
After some time playing in the (cold!) ocean, Addie cheered up considerably.
But still changed out of her "sailor" outfit as soon as we got home. See what I mean? I don't think I have much longer to persuade her to wear the clothes I make.