Monday, May 5, 2014

The Pleated Playsuit in Blue Herringbone

I'm still adding pieces to Lily Mae's summer wardrobe. I want items that will be specifically good for when we are at the farm. I imagine she'll be wanting to run around and play in the dirt and explore- so clothing that will wash well and be comfortable. 


This is the first pattern from her I've created and I'm really impressed. 

Here are some highlights of the process:

- Printing went perfectly, it was very easy to tape together too. 

- I found the directions to be written very well, especially for a free pattern. Sometimes you get the bare minimum in this department, but I didn't notice that at all with this pattern. 

- The sewing went very quickly, my only hang up was needing to purchase some elastic that I didn't have on hand. It drove me crazy that I could simply finish. 


I switched things up a bit and added a welt pocket to the back. It seemed like they were plain and I feel like this did the trick. 

For the welt pocket I grabbed my basic blazer pattern and snagged the pocket pieces. I could have easily drafted them up, but there wasn't a need. I also followed the tutorial that went with it since it had been a little while since my last one. I did find that although the pattern didn't call for me to gather/pleat the legs in order to put the cuffs on, I had to do that to make them fit. I double checked that I had cut the cuffs for the shorts, but I couldn't find any user errors to account for it. 

Here you can really see and appreciate the herringbone pattern in the fabric. Speaking of fabric, I chose the softest cotton flannel I had for this garment since it wasn't a dress and that makes it a tough sell for Lily Mae. She can be won over by a few things:

1. color
2. dresses
3. how a garment feels

Since I wasn't using her favorite colors or a dress- I felt that my best chance was left with #3 and I have been playing up the soft factor like crazy. It goes something like this -

Lily: "What are you making?"
Me: "An outfit for you, looooook it's so soft! Do you want to put it on your face and feel it?"
Lily: "Oh yeah, it's REEEALLY soft mom. Do you want to feel it?"
Me: "Oh yes, I'd love to. I've been feeling it the whole time. You're lucky too, I bought this fabric for myself but I'm making something special for you instead."

...and this goes on until hopefully she is convinced that a garment is still awesome even if it isn't your favorite color or a dress. 

Pattern: The Pleated Playsuit by Elegance and Elephants
Fabric: Blue Herringbone Cotton Flannel from Joann's Fabric


  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed working with the pattern, Mae. I'm sure your daughter will get lots of use out of it. And I love the addition of the welt back pocket. :)

    1. You did a wonderful job on it, I should really be thanking you. I would still like to post again when the weather is nice and she can wear it out. Photographing it on a hanger doesn't do it justice. <3

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    1. Thanks! I wish I had one in my size honestly!

  3. I LOVE that Mae! I can't wait to see action shots and I am going to have to make that for the summer!

    1. Yeah I wish the weather wasn't SO rainy all last week. I was super frustrated that I couldn't take some photos of her in it. :/ I keep reminding myself that April showers bring May flowers- so I can be a bit more patient for beautiful sunny days!

  4. I printed this pattern a couple of days ago too. And I was planning on using the grey fabric I used for my maternity pants, but I am not so sure after seeing yours... =/ I don't want it to look like I was trying to copy you or something... It looks great, and the pockets it's a great addiction.


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