Saturday, August 31, 2013

Freshman, Already?

Lady Skater Peplum
 
K is starting high school on Tuesday.  Wow, does time fly!
 
I still sew for her.  Though it requires a lot more thought and discussion than sewing for the younger girls.  And finding patterns that will fit is as much of a challenge as finding clothes in the store that fit.

 
peplum and shorts1
 
 
sizes:  top, 1 and shorts, 0
fabric:  Chez Ami cotton/lycra jersey and gray twill from Joann Fabrics
mods:  dress to a peplum top, tutorial HERE and added length to the shorts and tweaked the fit in the back
 
Lady Skater Peplum and Maritime Shorts
 
When we were at K's school open house this past week, I noticed several young ladies wearing knit peplum tops.  I came home and scoured the internet looking at RTW tops and contemplating how to go about making one.  Then I remembered that Amanda had already shared a tutorial on how to make the Lady Skater Dress pattern into a peplum.  Since I knew that the dress fit K well, it was a no brainer.

 
grey maritime shorts
 
For this pair of Maritime Shorts, I pinched out about 1/2" from the bottom of the back of the shorts.  I also used the rear pockets from this pattern and placed them approximately 1/2" closer to the center back.  When K tried on the shorts before I sewed on the waistband, I decided to add darts to the back so that the shorts would lay nicer.  I eyeballed it this go around but will make a change to my pattern pieces when I sew K another pair.  (Not until next spring!)  And I added an inch of length so that they can be worn to school.

All in all, I think the outfit turned out pretty cute. 

K back tire swing
 
 



36 comments:

  1. Great job mama:) darling outfit on a very pretty young lady!!!!!

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  2. Super cute! I'm hoping my daughter will still let me sew for her when she is a teen!

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  3. She looks amazing Cindy!

    I am glad you mentioned its hard to find good fitting RTW as well. I have to fiddle with patterns to fit my Twins but when we look in the shops nothing fits their body shape (petite with curvy bottoms) either.

    You are amazing with your knit sewing, enjoy your new machine.

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    1. Thank you, Nicole! I'll pass the compliment on to K.

      It's a good thing we sew or our poor girls would have to walk around in ill fitting clothing.;) K is tall and slim but also has a curvy bum so finding pants/shorts that fit is a nightmare. When we do find RTW that fit, I buy several pairs. And one of the stores that we used to find jeans for her has recently changed their sizing. The 0 is almost too snug in the hips but the next size up is way too big in the waist. GRRR!

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  4. It's a beautiful outfit! I love the peplum top. I would like to find one for myself on day as it would work on my figure I think.

    In Canada we don't use the term freshman - what grade is that? I'm thinking 9th grade?

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  5. that blue looks great on her and what a darling outfit.

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  6. Lovely outfit - shorts and top. She's a lucky kid! My oldest is in 7th this year. I'm not ready for that, let alone 9th!

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    1. It sneaks up on you, doesn't it?;)

      Thanks, Joy!

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  7. Great outfit! You chose perfect fabrics for them. I am hopeful I will still be sewing for my girls when they are in high school!!

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    1. Thank you, Kathy! I had to sacrifice some more fabric that I had set aside for myslef. Tear. But that's okay, as it made K happy.:)

      C

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  8. Love the peplum top, Cindy... gorgeous colour and a very flattering style!!! Looks great with the shorts.

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  9. All in all the outfit is cute indeed!
    What machine is Nicole talking about...did I miss reading something?
    Best wishes to K as she starts high school.

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  10. It's really cute. I like the slightly longer peplum too!

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  11. Fabulous outfit - and good luck for the new school...

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  12. I LOVE this outfit! Nice job fitting the shorts too! Your baby looks like a baby. I can't believe that's a high school kid! But don't tell her I said so, because she doesn't know what a compliment it is yet:)

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  13. Look at how skinny she is! Everything fits her perfectly. I hope some day to be able to sew with knits as well as you do.
    Happy 1st day of HS on Tues!

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    1. I know! She's actually put a little meat on her bones...specifically her legs with all the running she's been doing for cross country.

      re: knit sewing...the more you do it the easier it is. My first attempts were quite laughable.;) I wish I could sew dresses as impeccably as you do!

      C

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  14. Beautiful girl, beautiful outfit!

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  15. Gorgeous color on her!! I love this top (and the shorts too), I have been thinking of making Abby a peplum top, thanks for the inspiration;)

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    1. Thanks, Brittney! I've been ignoring the peplum craze but caved after seeing it on so many HS students. It makes a nice change from a regular ol' t-shirt.:)

      C

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  16. That's lovely! Wonderful that you still sew for her and put so much thought and love into it. Have a good start in high school!

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    1. Thanks, Uta! She's looking forward to the start of school.:)

      C

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  17. What a perfect fit! That outfit is great and I love that you still sew for your teen! And thanks for stopping by 'Sew Cool for the Tween Scene' and sharing your thoughts!

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  18. The first day of high school! Wow! I bet you can't believe that you have a daughter in high school. I can't believe that both my children are in college. I can still remember them carrying in a rose for the teacher on the first day of kindergarten! The top looks wonderful and the shorts are perfect for school. That color is lovely on your gorgeous daughter.

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  19. Eeek high school! So exciting. K looks awesome; totally trendy, her clothes fit her so well, and she looks happy and confident in them! Perfect. Happy first day, K!

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  20. Wow! The outfit is so lovely and perfect for someone entering high school. I'm amazed at how perfectly it fits her. Your daughter is beautiful.

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  21. The cut of that shirt looks STELLAR on her! And paired with the shorts, she is going to be one fashionable freshman this year!

    Warmly,
    Lauren
    The Thinking Closet

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  22. Our kids are growing up way too fast! And she's happy to have you sewing for her still - that's so great!

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  23. This turned out lovely! I can't believe you have a freshman. Time goes so quickly.
    I am determined to get a lady skater bodice fitted during selfish sewing week this year. I love all of these takes on it.

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  24. Love it! That is one classy outfit.

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  25. Really, Freshman?!
    And it happened just before our eyes (or screen, to be more accurate)! She's looking so gorgeous :-)
    And I can't tell you how much I love the fact that you still sew for her (and she actually wears it)!
    You two make an awesome team :-)

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    1. :) She was 9 when I started this blog. I've been very lucky that she still is keen for me to sew for her. Thank you, Ana Sofia!

      C

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  26. The top and shorts look so great on K. I hope she has settled in OK and that you have adjusted too. Any change in their lives can be stressful for us too. Take care of yourself :-)

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