Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Navy and White for Spring

Today was a beautiful warm, sunny day - just how I imagined late May would feel back in March when I was sewing these pieces. This year I intentionally sewed spring/summer clothes for my kids ahead of the season. So, I have a number of things to post, but will likely not have too much to say about them (March was a long time ago!).

These cropped pants were supposed to be for my older daughter, but they turned out much too small. Happily, they were just the right size for my younger daughter.

The pattern is Ottobre 4/2013 #16 and I used an "engineer" stripe cotton (leftover from these pants). I played with the front pockets a little - cutting them on the bias and inserting a strip of rickrack. I like the small feminine touch it adds.

Most of the waistbands I've finished lately have included bias tape. I think it is less bulky and the pop of color and clean finish are fun. The waistband closes with a button, chosen by my daughter. The snap on these jeans frustrates her, so she wanted to try a button instead. I made a generous shank, hoping that makes it user-friendly.

The back has a traditional yoke and patch pockets. The waistband fits without elastic added, but I can't remember if it is drafted with a slight curve or if I modified it for that.

The top to go with it is also an Ottobre pattern, 1/2014 #28. This is a very easy pattern with short cut-on sleeves. Bands finish the neck and armholes.

The daisy applique across the side seam is the result of me being inspired by Boden. I like their designs and usually check out their offerings at the beginning of each season. My daughter wasn't so sure it was a good look ("why isn't it all on the front so everyone can see it better?").

I'm really happy with both of these pieces. And everything came from stash - yay!

I'm hoping for lots more of these wonderful spring days!


  1. Very, very cute (your daughter and the outfit)! You used very nice finishing details. :)