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.
For this I chose the Pleated Playsuit - a free pattern offered by Elegance and Elephants.
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:
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