Tuesday, June 23, 2009

loop-de-loos

Sorry, not ironed. This is so my life.


Been working on this little blouse from the cool book that my bosom friend gave me a while back. I had some minty lightweight something or other fabric that's been sitting around for a while -- I'm not too good with classifying fabric. It was just some unidentified yardage I picked up at a thrift shop. It's fairly see-through.

In the book, you are supposed to add four buttons and then let the rest of the shirt hang open. I opted to have buttons all the way down the placket.


I'd been looking to use some of the red and white vintage buttons I picked up when in Delft in 2007, so this was a good opportunity. I love mint, white and reds together. However, when I finished the shirt, I thought 'this color combo goes with bupkus in the child's wardrobe', so I decided I had to make a skirt to go with it.


It's just a very simple gathered skirt with a cloth waistband and button closure. I had this ruffly, stretchy trim I'd hoarded a while back from Hobby Lobby that was calling to me, so I sketched some loops on the skirt, then tacked the trim with glue and sewed it down. I hemmed the skirt with some grosgrain ribbon using the Lazy Days skirt hemming method.

The back of the skirt closes with another vintage button.


I think it would look extra girly with a petticoat on under, but maybe too girly?


At this point, as you can see by the pouty lip, my model had Had Enough. She kept getting buzzed by a bee and was convinced it was out to kill her.

So, another hit from the Japanese Girls Style book. The gift that keeps on giving. Thanks again, Robyn! I'll be making more of this simple little shirt in the future. No sleeves to set in...love it.

19 comments:

  1. SO pretty! The rick rack on the bodice gives it a pintucked look without all the fuss of pintucks. Lovely!

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  2. This is so wonderful!! Perfect for summer days and swirling...

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  3. Very, very nice! I love the color and your daughter looks wonderful in this.

    Happy Sewing!

    Bev

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  4. I love that dress, Larissa! I'm in love with the minty hue and the over-all style. The embellishments are just perfect too!

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  5. UGH! I love everything about it! The color combos, the ric rac, the ruffles! I think a petticoat would top it off nicely. You can never be too girly! Ugh...love!

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  6. I love it! And it's Audrey-approved. She just looked over my shoulder and said, "Ooooooh. Mom. You gotta make me that." And what is this "too girly" thing you speak of? It's not like it's pink, right?

    When you've made everything from your JGS book, we'll have to trade. So you'll have some new patterns and I'll have another craft book to gather dust on my shelf.

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  7. I love everything about this little outfit! From the color to the trim and all in between!

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  8. So sweet! Who irons in the middle of summer anyway?!

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  9. I love that! I don't have a little girl, so for me? I need a shrinking machine to shrink myself down....

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  10. hey, thanks, everyone! such sweet comments. The pattern book did not use ric rac according to the photos, but it was really similar looking. It was a kind of trim I've never seen.

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  11. the lazy day skirt hem is the best. EVER!!! i am an addict too :)

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  12. robyn, I feel honored to have had the nod from Audrey, Maven of All Things Girly. :-)
    Why don't you just send me all your craft books to visit? I'll dust them and everything.

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  13. doesn't thing 2 look adorable!! very nice, and I love the fact that there are no sleeves to set in!

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  14. This is lovely.

    I have a question about your free Molly monkey pattern (which is adorable.) I tried to download it but I don't have winzip. For some reason when I try to open it with adobe, it won't let me. Do you happen to have a pdf of this pattern, or any other way I could get it?

    This is my first time reading your blog (I came to it via a link from Knitterella) and I love it!

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  15. That is such a sweet outfit - I love it!

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