It is a great summertime outfit that combines the best of both worlds: play-ability and twirl-ability. (Are those words? Seems I make up a lot of words for this blog, haha.)
My girls have a lot of dresses, because well, let's face it, they love twirling and dresses are the best thing for being princesses. And the princess phase seems to be lasting a long, long, long time. Sigh.
However, this blouse has enough gathering to satisfy any little girl's need to twirl, and you can pair it with jeans for a casual look, or with the Havanna Shorts. Unfortunately, I didn't get any decent photos of the front (I made the buttonhole version as opposed to using grommets in the front), but you can get a good look at the shorts in the listing here. I think you can see that I had a bit of a hard time hemming them so they don't wrinkle/pucker, but perhaps with a different fabric (something with more give) you will not run into the issue I had. You can check out the tester versions here.
The bodice is lined, and if you aren't lazy like me, you can enclose the seams and topstitch the main and the lining if you so desire. The pattern is rated intermediate, though an advanced beginner could definitely have a go at it. There are notches to help guide you, and though it is not a layered pattern, there aren't a daunting number of pages to print (and you can print in black-and-white, hurray!).
I opted for the decorative, non-functional buttons, and used different ones for the front and back so that it would be easier for my daughter to dress herself. I made the straight size 5 (sizes 2T-10 are included in the patterns) and found it worked perfectly for her and went over her head no problem.
I realize that it looks like the middle section looks shorter, but I think it's just the way she's standing. Even though she's not like my wild 3-year-old, she too rarely stays still. In-between all these photos, I can assure you that she was running around and dancing in the rain, which makes it difficult to get a decent picture sometimes...
The fabric I used is a beautiful gauze-rayon mix that I bought in Nippori Fabric Town, but you can also purchase it in Miss Matatabi's new store here. It also comes in a grey colorway, which I find pretty and might have bought for myself. Ahem.
And speaking of Miss Matatabi, here is another fabric I got a while ago from her shop. It's a Cotton and Steel rayon fabric, and it's so soft and beautiful. I almost don't know why I used it for my daughter rather than keeping it for myself. Ha.
And yes, that is the selvage you see because the fabric wasn't wide enough to cut the size 5 pattern piece, and because
The patterns (Havanna Blouse and Havanna Shorts) are on sale for 30% off with the coupon NEWRELEASE. The coupon is good until July 2, 11:59pm EST.