This week's challenge was "Buffalo Guys or Gals," and coincidentally, I'd ordered myself a big chunk of black and white buffalo plaid just the week before learning about the themes! Eliza LOVED my fabric, but at first I wanted to use a pretty pastel for her plaid.
Then I remembered a) Eliza loves black, white, and gray and b) black and white is a neutral, so c) I can still use pastels for the accent colors!
So, I started with the black and white and just started throwing fabric at it. My mom and sister kept getting texts asking, "What about this?" They nixed everything until I shot them a picture of the Les Fleurs combo. We all agreed this was it. I'd picked up the coral knit originally to use in the first week's challenge, but it worked perfectly with this combo. I'd already used this same print of Les Fleurs and had some leftover from one of Eliza's spring dress, so it only took a bit more to make a Shandiin by LouBee Clothing.
I added little bow ties on the side and an elastic waist, but kept the Shandiin mostly intact and used my design chops on the ballet sweater. It has a crossover front, finished slit in one side seam to thread the tie through, and a small belt loop on the other side seam to keep the belt in place. It wraps around and ties.
For the jeans, I started with the Juniper Jeggins from Peekaboo Patterns and made them more jeans like by sizing up and using a mid-weight denim. I also added a waistband and some embroidery. I started on the embroidery WEEKS ago and went through THREE pockets. My embroidery skills can definitely use work, but hey. I tried.
That's it! I'm really pleased that this outfit fits our aesthetic - it's just her style. Next week's look was actually the very first one I planned -- it's been in my head the longest and I'm most excited about it, so please go vote at the Project Run & Play site so I can stick around and show you! Thank you so much!