It’s got to that point now where I can’t choose Darcy’s clothes for her any more. At all. She has to be involved in the making process all the way. From choosing the fabric, to choosing the pattern to choosing the detail, the length. EVERYTHING. It’s a pain because it takes longer. But in the long run at least I know she’ll wear what I make her. Well actually, not always. Arrrgggh! It’s not easy having a 9 year old with an opinion*.
Luckily, this little outfit turned out a success.
For the shorts, I used a pattern from B*Inspired by Poppy (edition 6). The 50 page magazine includes 20 summer sewing patterns for girls, boys, teens and toys and as the name suggests, I was inspired.
To match the shorts I made a racerback vest. Using the Balloon Fold Dress pattern. I simply took it in at the sides and cut the hem at an asymmetric angle to the desired length. Easy peasy.
With the remainder of the fabric I made a quick gathered skirt with an exposed elastic waistband. Possibly the quickest skirt you could ever make. There’s a tutorial here, that uses pretty much the same method I did.
Darcy was really pleased with her new outfit. And she happily wears it without any drama. Result!
Now pop on over to Groovy Baby and Mama and Made by Sara and DoGuincho to see what they have been making with their London Sew Social goodies. I think there may be a bit of a Girl Charlee theme going on.
*I wonder what age other children start having an opinion on what they wear?