Tuesday, March 4, 2014

English Flowers Blouse & Lindy Hop Pants


Pattern: Ottobre 1/2013 #29 English Flowers Blouse & #30 Lindy Hop Pants
Fabric: Heather Ross, Crafty Chloe found at Hancock Fabrics; cotton dot fabric JoAnn's brand
Notions: zipper, reused button, cheap green buttons from Walmart and a couple cute green flower buttons from JoAnn's
Total Cost:  I don't remember, probably about ~$12.00 blouse; ~$7.00 pants
Size: 122cm
Child's Age: 9


[Shoes: Umi Moraine Mary Jane Silver]
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So back when I made the Passenger Trenchcoat about a year ago, I immediately wanted to make an outfit to go along with it just as in the magazine, with the English Flowers Blouse and the Lindy Hop Pants. Loved the whole outfit. I managed to churn out the blouse not much later, but the pants. Oh the pants, I just got around to making today!



I always have a hard time picking a size. I don't like to round up and go the safe route because I like things to fit right not like gigantic hand-me downs. Unfortunately, sometimes I cut it too close, and things end up very fitted as did these pants. Her measurements are just all over the place!  I should have gone up at least one size more even though the actual waist is still too big on her.  I was going for something similar to the magazine model with the dot fabric. This is the closest I could find. It's a JoAnn's fabric which I wasn't too excited about at first, but it really ties in well with the blouse, I think. This style of blouse is not the easiest to pull off.



The sewing was pretty straight forward. I think my collars are coming out a little cleaner. My tucks on the blouse were not as uniform as I expected them to be. I was working with a very small piece of fabric as I had overlooked that piece when cutting out the rest of the pattern and barely had anything left. But the overall effect was great. I found this fabric at Hancock Fabrics. It's one of those little gems you spot and then look at the label and realize why you liked it so much. It's from Heather Ross's Crafty Chloe line.





11 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful

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  2. Great outfit. Hope she gets some wear out of those trousers before she grows!

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    1. Thanks.
      I know. They should at least last through spring and summer. She's very little for her age but she has hips! She doesn't grow very quickly either. I guess she can still wear them like capri pants as long as they still fit around the hips.

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  3. Stunning sewing, patterns and fabric selection, love them all!

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  4. Perfection!!! What a fantastic outfit!

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    1. Thanks! I'm just glad to see her in "real" pants.

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  5. I just came across your blog and I'm completely wow'ed!!! Your sewing is absolutely amazing!! This outfit is stunning!! Is the cotton dot fabric a cotton twill? I'm drooling at all your incredible creations!!

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    1. Thank you. Thank you. I don't know if the dot fabric is considered a twill. Probably not. Up close, it doesn't really have that tiny rib texture I would expect to see on twill and it's kind of thin. The dots are printed on top.

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    2. Thanks for the info. I didn't see the distinct weave that twills generally have but wasn't sure. I just love your choice of fabrics and style. Everything is just so beautiful!! :)

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