It's been an AMAZING Alphabet Collection tour so far and I'm excited to be the next stop. It's hard to follow after fur coats, insanely awesome hand dying, cute toggles, mustache shirts, bonnetbus fabric, eyelet, zipper piping, patch pockets, stripe bandage pants, adorable photo shoots, and amazing brother/sister outfits. Seriously. They make me all wish I had more hours in the day so I could sew cool things like they do!
However, I'm pretty much in love with this outfit I created. I sewed it for my daughter who never chooses pink or frilly. She marches to the beat of her own drum and she couldnt' be happier with this outfit.
I was planning to make the button fly version of the W pants but when I asked my daughter she said she preferred elastic waist. I was a little dissappointed but I'd prefer she love them. I went off-book a bit and made a faux fly. I like the look a better than the flat seam front but that's just personal preference.
I used the knit fabric, from the bodice of the shirt, to add a pop of color and coordinate the pants and shirt. I backed the knit fabric with a plain muslin to give it stability.
The shirt is one of my favorite fabric combos ever. I really want to buy more of these fabrics to make myself something. I used the tabs for the sleeves and I'm glad I did. I made another version of this shirt with short sleeves and it's a great shirt. A fine shirt. But this one is super cook. Better than fine.
I was sewing without my nice sewing machine that sews knits well (or my serger). The machine ate part of the neckband so I just made it thinner and it works fine. I would have liked it a bit wider but it is what it is! Sometimes we are at the mercy of our machine.
My Study Hall Jacket was the 6th or 7th I had sewn. I had never sewn with ripstop before. I hadn't thought about how slippery it is! But I finished this jacket and it's now a super cool windbreakery type jacket that she loves. Though I'm pretty sure I'll stick to other fabrics next time.
You'll notice this jacket pattern has raglan sleeves. I bought some leather a while back and I'm hoping to make a letterman style jacket for my son. I think that will be super cute.
The jacket is fully lined with some super soft organic fleece. If it wasn't 80 degrees she wouldn't have taken the jacket off.
For the BBC Vest I made the racer back and curved hem. I was afraid she'd wrinkle her nose at the ruffled peplum. It's pretty cute on her and she loves it.
Items made for my tall, thin girl:
W Pants: Size 6 (lengthened to size 7 for a slim fit look)
- Black stretch denim sponsored by LowPriceFabrics.com
- Inlayed floral knit sponsored by GirlCharlee.com
- Zippers and thread sponsored by Coats & Clark
Recess Raglan: Size 5 (lengthened to size 7 for a fitted tee look)
BBC Vest: Size 5 (lengthened to size 7 for a close fitting look)
- Gray muslin sponsored by OrganicCottonPlus.com
- Floral knit sponsored by GirlCharlee.com
- Thread sponsored by Coats & Clark
Study Hall Jacket: Size 7
- Ripstop sponsored by LowPriceFabrics.com
- Fleece lining sponsored by OrganicCottonPlus.com
- Zippers & thread sponsored by Coats & Clark
The Alphabet Collection is only available through August 12th! After that you can buy the indivisual pieces for nearly twice the cost of the collection. Hurry to get your copy!
The Alphabet Collection Tour was sponsored by some fantastic companies we were happy to represent. See above for all the specific fabrics and notions from each.
And finally, this tour wouldn't have been possible without the help of some incredibly talented bloggers I was super impressed by. They went way above and beyond to make each of the pieces of this collection and they blew me away with their talent. Thank you, ladies! Please go visit their sites!
Join us along the Alphabet Collection blog tour to see just how versatile these patterns are. Bloggers will be sewing up all 4 pieces from the collection at girl. Inspired., Shwin & Shwin, Sew a Straight Line, elsie marley, Melly Sews, Happy Together, see kate sew, Elegance & Elephants, I Still Love You, kojo designs, Petit a Petit and Family, The Train to Crazy, Delia Creates andCraftiness is Not Optional
And a parting gift for you: