Well today I have for you two articles of clothing: one being a pencil skirt and the other being a cardigan. Let's start with the skirt.( I must warn you; there are a ton of photos.)
I've been meaning to make Kels a sailor-inspired pencil skirt for quite some time. I had this navy stripe jersey fabric that I had thrifted a while ago. (I have actually used it before and was going to do a tutorial with the fabric but it's just honestly a horrible fabric. It doesn't stretch a whole lot because the navy is printed onto the fabric as opposed to woven in, and the ink restricts the natural stretch of the knit.) Well I didn't want to throw it away because of my fiasco with the fabric, so I thought it had just enough stretch for her tiny self.
I simply sketched out a skirt pattern to her measurements and tapered inward at the bottom. Then I made a shaped waistband. I really wanted to make this cute waistband for her. I thought it would look really cute on a child, especially paired with a buttondown white shirt. I added elastic in the back of the waistband, so it would fit her.
|My belt--wrapped around her twice|
I meant to add belt loops to the skirt, but it slipped my mind to do so. I think it works out fine, though. It looks good either way to me. I added some contrasting detail with the front of the waistband by turning the stripe sideways. (Don't worry that was completely intentional, lol!) I'm so surprised it turned out so well. I think she looks so grown up (tear...)
I also made an open cardigan. It's based off of CINO's Slouchy Cardy Tute. I looked out how she altered her pattern and took it from there. I love how she made hers open without the need for ties and buttons. I figured that was perfect for Little Miss because she is very hot-natured but occasionally does get cool. The fabric is a floral interlock from Jo-Ann fabrics. I trimmed it in a light pink interlock. I had bought these (among other things) in a shopping trip we went on Monday, in which I spent a ridiculous amount of money (even though it was all 50% off.) The interlock is a little thicker than I would have liked; but since there was no jersey knit available, I snatched up this.
|The heart was totally her idea!|
I love how sweet the little roses are on the fabric. Ordinarily I wouldn't dress her in brown for fear it'll wash her out, but this being, trimmed in pink and sporting a print, will suffice nicely. I love it with the belt; it's so sophisticated for her.
She doesn't allow me much time or patience to snap these photos, so I have to get in as many as I possibly can before she grabs her bike or scooter and speed off. As she pushes off she shouts, "I look like a teacher!" Well she's the cutest little 5 year old teacher I've ever come across!