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).|
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.
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!
Monday August 31st: Sew Cool for the Tween Scene | Kadiddlehopper | Imagine Gnats | Nap Time Creations
Tuesday September 1st: My Sweet Sunshine | Straight Stitch Designs | Handmade Boy | That's What She Crafted
Wednesday September 2nd: Climbing the Willow | Rebel & Malice | GYCT Designs | Two-Many
Thursday September 3rd: The Crazy Tailor | sewVery | Just Add Fabric | Delia Creates
Friday September 4th: A Jennuine Life | Conversas de Hermanas | Made by Sara | Not Sew Fast