Monday, January 11, 2016

Animal Print for the New Year

I am way behind schedule for this post but in the end I think it worked out best.  Back in October I was asked to pick a fabric from Organic Cotton Plus* for my semi-annual blog post. I dithered for a bit and wound up asking my little girls to pick out a fabric. They chose the Waverine Interlock which is an animal print. Between finding a coordinating rib knit (I ordered the White Fine Rib) and then the holidays, sewing was put on the back burner until after we returned home from Wisconsin.

How did it work out for the best? Well, January is Jungle January at Pretty Grievances and these clothes will fit right in.:) 


BK is wearing a Kitschy Coo Skater Dress. I took the size 7/8 that I had traced off and added a little width and length to it as she wanted a looser fit. Every time BK asks me to sew her a dress she states that it needs to be fitted up top and then flare out and it has to be comfortable.  That is why the Skater Dress is my go to pattern for her.  It's perfect for church, playing in the backyard, or whatever mischief my youngest gets in to (which is A LOT).


I had enough leftover fabric to make MG a top until I made a big little cutting mistake. Uh oh. Since I had promised a top, I was going to make a top even if that meant substituting another fabric for one of the pieces.  

 

MG is wearing an Ottobre Design top from the Fall 2015 issue. "Rosy Grey" sweatshirt (#30) in a size 128 width with 140 length. For future reference, I found the neckline ribbing to be a little too long and the hem band a bit short. It's a hard to see but I finished all the seams with the mock coverstitch stitch on my sewing machine in blue thread.

I'm having a tiny bit of regret regarding my choice of using the White Fine Rib for the back. My reasoning was that I wanted the wearer to be able to look down and see the Waverine Print. But when I handed the top to MG, she assumed that the white was the front.Too late to do anything about it now but if I run in to a similar situation, I'll put the solid on the front.

As far as the fabrics, I was a little concerned about the how the waverine design would hold up since it's printed on top of the interlock. So far, it still looks like new and it's been through the wash multiple times. I'll post an update at the end of winter to let you know how it's doing. I love the white fine rib. It's so soft! The recovery is okay. I will definitely be using it again to make tops out of.  



*Disclosure: Organic Cotton Plus sent me the Waverine Print in exchange for a blog post. I purchased the White Fine Rib. I am a part of their affiliate program but also a happy customer or I wouldn't be doing these posts!:)



11 comments:

  1. I love the dress and top! Yay for saving the top too- I love the contrast. Kids grow too fast...

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  2. I love that last pic! I actually have a shirt with stripes on the front and lighter and solid fabric on the back. So I don't think it's odd by any means. I think it looks good like that. Way to sew, Cindy!

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  3. Rawr - great to see what you're making!

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  4. Oh Cindy I've missed your makes!! I'm so glad to see you sewing. I love the dress and the top! I actually planned on making the top for K so I will keep your tips nearby. I hope you were here in Wisconsin when it was warm in December. It's been -20 the last two days/nights! Take care!

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  5. I am seriously tempted by the Skater Girl dress. I do like this on BK a lot.
    Lidia is pretty well out of O+S sizing but too young for ladies patterns, she also likes comfort and this looks super wearable.
    I am so happy to see you blogging/sewing.
    xx N

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    1. It's definitely been a favorite around here! And it feels good to be back...hopefully, it won't be 4-5 months before I sew again.;) Thanks, Nicole.

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  6. That last photo where you can see the dirty knees is the BEST! Lots of mischief indeed! Love it! Both of these are awesome - I can see what you mean about the white for the back, but I think it looks clever and unexpected. Nice to see a post from you!

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  7. Two fabulous makes, Cindy. That last photo is awesome. Did you manage to get the stain out if the tights? I love white clothes, but I can never keep them white.

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  8. Lovely animal prints and I thought it looked nice on the kids! I used to hold back using animal printed fabrics but seeing these details on the post (especially the sweatshirt) made me think twice!

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    1. Thanks, Kristine! The girls love their new clothes.:)

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