(update: a tutorial for this top is available here.)
This week at Project Run and Play it's time for The Men's Dress Shirt Challenge. We were supposed to take a men's button-down (or up?) shirt and design something for a child.
I've been excited about this one since the lovely ladies announced the themes. There's a stack of dress shirts in Ryan's closet that are too gross for donating but too valuable to toss. (The buttons and fabric alone are worth keeping around.)
Among those ring-around-the-collar-stained shirts was one Ryan got when we were newly married. It was an Old Navy button-down that was paired with a red pullover sweater. My heart skipped a beat every time he wore it. Ryan looks good in red. And in layers. Preppy layers.
Oh, hello. I got distracted for a minute. Whew. Focus, Michelle.
Tossing that stained shirt in the trash was out of the question, but I figured it'd be perfect as a remade shirt for Eliza. I've been wanting to make a layered tunic like the one pictured below ever since I bought it at Target months back. It's the Oshkosh brand that Target carries (Genuine Kids), and it's my favorite (store-bought) top in her wardrobe.
Turns out it was a little tougher to execute than it looks. It's that extra, bottom layer of gathered ruffle - how to attach it, etc. I studied the Genuine Kids one and tried to replicate it from the inside out, and here's what resulted.
The pants are a basic two-piece, self-drafted pattern with heart knee patches made of the upcycled shirt. The denim isn't stretchy, but it seems comfortable enough.
It's a little poofier than the Target version, simply because Ryan's button-down dress shirt is a heavier weight. As much as I'd like to use some of my fun quilting cotton next time, it really needs a lighter weight gauze or voile.
But I'm kind of liking the poofy.
It's hard to see in these pictures, but the arm hole is cut out of the top knit layer, and it also continues in the first ruffly layer. This time I had to do set-in sleeves because I sewed the side seams first. Next time I'll do it the easy way and sew up the sides and arms all at once.
This week I'm off to THE MARTHA PULLEN SCHOOL OF ART FASHION! I have to yell that because, well, it's MARTHA PULLEN! My Christmas gift was a one-day class taught by Lindsay Wilkes, blogger and designer behind The Cottage Home and Cottage Mama. I'm driving down and staying overnight! By myself! In a hotel! Then sewing for a whole day! With other people! Who like to sew!
I'll try to calm down a little before I write a blog post about it. All the exclamation points are making me a little dizzy. Kind of like the idea of meeting Martha Pullen! And Lindsay Wilkes!
Thanks for indulging my psychosis. I know you get it.