I was fortunate enough to be able to work with three lovely fabrics for the tour. They are all from "Early Winter":
But take a look at the rest of the collection -- so many pretty fabrics in "Light of Day" too!
As soon as I saw "Drenching Aridity," I knew it had to be a top. And I had the perfect pattern in mind. I used Coffee and Thread's Mulberry Tunic. I had been wanting to make this pattern ever since I saw Mie of Sewing Like Mad's versions here, here, here, and here. (Cough cough, you may be beginning to suspect that I am a bit of a Sewing Like Mad fangirl -- and to that I unabashedly say: you are right!).
So, the tunic. I fell in love with Mie's girly version, and in fact, I wanted this tunic pattern so much that I actually bought it twice! Yep, twice. Is that an indication of how many PDF patterns I own? Um...maybe...
As this is a unisex pattern, I tried to make it a bit more girly by adding elastic in the sleeves. I am nervous about shirring ever since I played with the tension in my bobbin and then got scolded by the Brother rep when I couldn't remember where the factory setting was. So, because of that incident, I chose to go the elastic route.
The pattern calls for a pleat in the back, but because I liked Mie's gathered version, I followed her instructions to gather mine as well.
If you're noticing that these Mulberry Tunic photographs are looking better than my usual -- all the editing credit goes to the lovely and talented Olga of Coffee and Thread. Not only is she a pattern designer and sewist extraordinaire, she is also a terrific photographer with mad skills!!! Thank you for editing these photos, Olga!
And the shorts? I had 0.5 yard of the lovely "Abiding Rainwater" fabric, so I decided to make a pair of shorts using a Japanese sewing pattern (I used pattern "L" from this book). I had wanted to try out these shorts for a while because of the cute pleat detail on the sides. The original pattern calls for three buttons per side, but because I only had four of these buttons, I just went for it. I think it sort of works. Right? Right? Okay, don't tell me.
It's just so vibrant and rich. I had a bit of a hard time deciding on what bias tape to use with this lovely fabric, and had to consult my lovely sewing friends on IG, who (as always!) were really helpful and supportive. Thank you, dear friends!!
This dress is pattern "C" from the same book above. I love that wide collar (and if you want to do a better job sewing the corners than I was able to do, I suggest taking a look at Holli's post here).
I also really love the grown-up feel of the dress. In a way, it's hard for me to face the fact that my "little big girl" is growing up, but I'm happy that she enjoys more sophisticated style clothes now, too.
If you missed yesterday's stop on the tour, you can check out Isabel's post here, and for a list of all the participants, you can go to Bonnie's website here. Have a browse while you're there; so many wonderful things to see!
Thanks for visiting :)