Thursday, September 3, 2015

"Not Just a Sunsuit" Tour

You might remember my post about the gazillion options that come with the Paneled Sunsuit by Call Ajaire. I will warn you in advance. Be ready for picture overload. As you might have seen from all the great stops along this tour, this is not just a sunsuit! Don't forget to scroll to the bottom for info about the giveaway.




I wanted to do separates, just because I had done several versions of the skirt/shorts attached to the top. Also because I had always loved the top as a standalone, even during testing. And so I started by making a skirt first (huh?). Okay, I was never strong on logic, but this nani IRO fabric wanted to be a skirt. Apparently it's a great skirt for watering the lawn.



When I made my next version, the weather was still really hot and humid, so I wanted to opt for the summery vibe. Or something like that. Turns out it would be a super pink and lacy vibe, ha ha. Oh well. She likes it and will wear it, which is the important thing.


I added length to the top, since my daughter is resistant to crop tops at the moment, but kept everything else the same. She is a perfect size 4 in this pattern.


I think she's pretending to be a monkey here. Either that, or a chicken. Or maybe a duck? Who knows with her.


I guess all that jumping around can wear you out. Nothing a donut can't fix.

So by now you must have heard that Ajaire has added a great sleeve add-on! And it's pretty darn cute. I have already made several versions:

I know. Another ribbon! I can't seem to stop myself, ha ha.


And look, Ma! It's reversible!


This was actually my first attempt. Oh the insides were a hot mess -- totally my doing and nothing to do with the pattern. That's what you get when you rush through things. Poor Ajaire. She puts up with a lot when I'm on board testing. But what do you think of the fabric? Kind of circus-y, right? Well, apparently it's Goodnight, Moon. What child doesn't own that book, right? ;) And it pairs perfectly with leopard print shorts, according to my 4-year-old.

My absolute favorite one is the top I made with some leftover fabric I got from my MIL's stash. For this one, I simplified it by using the lining pieces for the outer bodice, lengthened the top again (by adding 6cm to the bottom) and had it flare out in an A-line shape juuuuuust a bit.

I paired the top with some balloon shorts I had made a while ago using a Japanese sewing pattern, but you could totally do this with the Paneled Sunsuit pattern, too! In fact, I did it for an earlier version (the sunsuit with the balloon fabric).
For this top, I was inspired by the pretty one made by Sprouting Jujubee. Check out her post here. I love it so much! Mine isn't as flared, mainly because I wasn't sure I would get it right not as skilled a sewist, and I didn't want to screw up since I didn't have much of this fabric left.


Look! I added piping! I thought about lace, but I was too scared to add it on my first try, and also I didn't think it really went with the plain look of the top. Maybe for the next one, ha ha.


The trousers are a lovely pink corduroy I purchased from a Japanese shop called Check and Stripe. I made the trousers in a size 5 with no alterations, but omitted the pockets. Call me lazy. You'd be correct.

Now, time for the giveaway! Who doesn't love free stuff? Ajaire is offering up a copy of the pattern, so try your luck by entering the Rafflecopter giveaway.

But for those of you who can't wait and want to start sewing now now now, if you join the Designs by Call Ajaire Facebook group, you'll get 20% off the pattern!

You'll definitely want to see the other stops along the tour. So many variations! So many cute outfits and kids!

12 comments:

  1. I love them all! So much great inspiration Emi! Thank you for being such an amazing tester :)

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    1. Thank you, Ajaire, for having me on board! It was so much fun making these -- and you know I will be making lots more!!

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  2. You have been busy! Love them all, especially the last one made from left over fabric. Also, I now want a doughnut... Where can I get one in the middle of the night 😃

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    1. Ha ha, Jenya! And thank you <3 I had so many middle-of-the-night cravings when my daughters were just born. I think my husband was shocked at how much I could eat. Even more than when I was pregnant...

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  3. So many cute versions!! :-) I love the lace and bows ;-)

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    1. Thank you, Maria! I had so much fun making these :-)

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  4. I love, love, love the pink and brown polka dot skirt in the first picture! I think I want to make one of those for myself, although I wouldn't look anywhere close to as cute as your daughter ;)

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    1. I'm sure you would!! ;) You should definitely make one! I really love that nani IRO fabric.

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  5. Emi you´re a machine! Look at all those great versions! And the little bows might just be your trademark already ;)

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    1. Thank you, Andreia! And yes, I can't stop myself from adding bows to everything. I think I need to learn a new embellishment, ha ha ha!

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  6. You are on a roll! Cuteness overload! Love it!

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    1. Thank you, Olga. I can't seem to stop, ha ha ha. Still waiting for your boot camp machine to get invented because if I keep sewing at this pace....lol!

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