Friday, January 24, 2014

Chickadee Flip: Top and Jacket




Vote for your favorite Flip HERE!
  *Voting starts today and ends on January 26*

 
Chickadee Flip
 
When I originally picked the Clever Charlotte Chickadee to flip back in April, I figured I had plenty of time to put my look together.  My intentions were to work on the flip a little bit here and a little bit there, finishing well ahead of the deadline.  Um, yeah...that didn't happen!
 
I didn't start to panic until the beginning of December when I got the email from Emily and Ashley with the timeline of January's flip.  All 4 competitors had to have their post in by December 31.  (A genius way to do it by the way as I had no clue what the other ladies were doing until their flip(s) were released.)  Panic set in because I still had a bunch of Christmas gift sewing to do so I knew I wouldn't be able to devote time to my flip until after Christmas.  That meant I had 6 days to design my flip, pick fabrics, sew it together, photograph the outfit, edit pictures, and write my post...while keeping up with the normal stuff around here and making sure the kids didn't kill each other since they were on winter break from school. 
 
Some of my initial ideas
 
 
My original idea was to do a dark gray a-line dress with scallops down the front and a white off set peter pan collar.  But I wasn't in love with the idea.  In the meantime, I had a corduroy print laid out on my cutting table (intended for a School Photo dress) and kept coming back to this skirt that I had pinned as a possible flip.  I decided at the last minute to change plans and do separates.
 
I don't have step-by-step pictures of the process as I was flying by the seat of my pants and didn't know if any of the changes I made were going to work.  But I can show you the changes I made to the pattern pieces.
 
 
The jacket changes were primarily to the front lower pattern piece.  I drew lines straight down from the pleat markings and split the pattern on the middle line.  I wasn't concerned with the lower front overlapping all the way to the hem as I wanted the t-shirt underneath to peek out.
 
Chickadee Flip
 See how the opening of the jacket lets the shirt underneath peek out? Just like the over skirt and underskirt!
 
The two lower front linings are cut about an inch narrower and shorter than the main fabric because I folded the corduroy flower print to the inside for a clean finish. 
 

Chickadee Flip
 
 
For the t-shirt, I used the back bodice pieces to create a simple block.

 
1.  I scooped out the upper back pattern piece neckline by approximately 3/4" for the front of the t-shirt.  The back is left the same.  When you cut out the front and back, place the pattern piece on the fold of the fabric.
 
2.  I eliminated the pleat on the lower back pattern piece and squared off the side.
 
3.  I taped the upper and lower pattern pieces together, overlapping them by 1/2". 
 
I didn't use binding for the neckline as I didn't have enough fabric.  I simply turned under the neckline by 1/2" and stitched it with a double needle.  The sleeves and hem are finished the same way.
 
CC Flip1
 photo credit:  KMM
 
 
I mentioned in my reveal on Frances Suzanne that I thought the t-shirt would make a great sweatshirt...
 
 
Chickadee Sweatshirt

 
Chickadee Sweatshirt
 
And it certainly does! 
 
To make this look, I scooped the front neckline another 1/2" since the sweatshirt fleece I used had no stretch.  I then cut a 2" wide neckband from ribbing that is about 2 inches shorter than the neckline.  I sewed the short ends together to make a circle and then folded the neckband in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, before sewing it on.
 
The cuffs are 3" wide and slightly shorter than the end of the sleeves.  The hem band is 4" wide and also slightly shorter.  They are both sewn on in the same manner as the neckband.

C'mon back on Sunday, as I'll be sharing how I flipped the skirts.:)

 



15 comments:

  1. Cindy, I am in love with this outfit! The colors and textures are perfect with each other and look fabulous on BK. That skirt is amazing! I am anxious to see how you pleated it so perfectly. Bravo! I am going to go vote for it right now!

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  2. That's such a great outfit! I love the addition of the pleated ruffles.

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    1. Thank you! The pleats have been a big hit...who would have thought it?!

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  3. What a gorgeous outfit! I can't believe you did all that in 6 days. And I just love the missing tooth! Your daughter is so adorable.

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  4. I love it too! It is so beautiful. You did a great job. This looks so professional! And the sweatshirt at the bottom is perfect :) Great use of the pattern. Going to vote right now!

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  5. Really cute pattern flip! Nice work!

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  6. You got a lot of patterns out of this one, items that you can make again and again.
    Way to go getting all of this done in 6 days.
    I can't wait to see how you pleated the underskirt.

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  7. Wow! Fabulous flip and fabulous outfit! I'm waiting too to see how you made the underskirt.

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  8. Absolutely love it Cindy! Those pleats!!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Peta! The girls both wore the outfit to church today...jacket and pleated skirt for MG and t-shirt with overskirt for BK.;)

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  9. You obviously work well under pressure, Cindy!!! You have my vote.

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    1. Thank you! That was one of my personal favorite details. It added a little color to the jacket and broke up the print. :)

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  11. This is incredible. Gorgeous details. It's obvious that it was a TON of work. I love the jacket most, I think - the shape, the collar, the piping - it will look great with casual outfits or over dresses, too.

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  12. Wow, all I can think is "all that pleating"! hehe. It's a very creative "flip" - and I'm really liking the sweatshirt, too.

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