Katy (No Big Dill) has been hosting a fabulous series called "Sew All 26." Together she, some guests, and sew-alongers have been creating their way through the alphabet. Today I'm joining in for the letter P!
It started with the coat. I was itching to make a turquoise corduroy jacket in a pea coat style. I waffled between the Oliver + S Sunday Brunch Jacket and the Make it Perfect Uptown Girl jacket. Finally I settled on a pattern from my own collection: Simplicity 2629. It's a vintage reprint of a layette collection from the '40s.
I sketched a gigantic peacock design and used upcycled fabric (also used here), scrap fabric, and lots of matching thread. (I'm a little fanatical in my applique technique.)
I added a ruffle to the front yoke seam, some piping to the collar, and used the buttons from the original upcycled shirt dress. It closes with little thread button loops.
The shirt is the Figgy's Patterns Ayashe Blouse. The polka dot fabric is pale pink -- some I picked up from the fabric store two blocks from our old home in Black Mountain. It was on clearance, and I bought all they had.
My practice version of the blouse was a size 2/3, and it was a tad big. Unfortunately the 18-month size I made this time was a little small. I had to make the neck hole bigger and use a thread loop and button to keep things closed.
I love the details on this shirt. The gathers at the shoulder, the mandarin collar, the elastic waist, and the gathers in the back. . . so sweet.
The skirt (also the Ayashe) is made from denim I had stashed to make Thurlows. (I've decided to make Thurlow shorts instead.) It's a medium-weight denim, and the buttons are some of my grandmother's vintage goodies. I was afraid they were over-the-top (says the girl who appliqued a life-size peacock on a coat), but I'm digging them now.
Sometimes I feel torn between bold colors and pastels. I'm attracted to both! And I fluctuate between loving hip, modern styles and classic, traditional ones. With this ensemble, I've worked it all in!
Patterns: Ayashe from Figgy's Patterns (blouse and skirt), Simplicity 2629 (jacket)
Fabric: corduroy (bought at Hancock Fabrics last year), polka dot quilting cotton (bought at Carolina Foam and Fabric last year), medium weight denim (bought from Fabric.com last year)
Size: 18 month (blouse), 2T (skirt), Large (jacket)
Modifications: lengthened jacket, added button loop closure to blouse
Thoughts: Figgy's patterns are true to size in my experience. I should've stuck with the 2/3 for the blouse. The skirt fits perfectly. The jacket is extremely wide in the shoulders but otherwise fits well.
The most important part is that she really, really likes it!