Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Black & White...

I was supposed to be tidying up my sewing room (a task I have long been avoiding) when I allowed myself to get sidetracked & whip up this little summer top for Lo. To save myself from a sewing the kind of sewing disaster that occur when I try to make something without a pattern I thought I would use the Oliver & S popover dress pattern & simply adjust the length.

Summer Top

Unfortunately sticking to a pattern is not one of my strengths so by the time I had finished the top the only pattern piece I had ended up using was the yoke. I ditched the ties on the straps & instead of the body of the piece being A line I made it square & added a big fat pleat at the front.

Summer Top : Pleat

I still need to hem the bottom but Willow tried to rip it off when I put it on her to check the length, so I still have no idea where to hem it. The upside is that it looked super cute on, the downside is that Willow doesn't really want to wear anything I make her right now unless it is pink, Pink, PINK (!) & preferably sparkly & garish. I had planned to make her a bunch of cute shirts & shirt dresses for kinder next year, but I wondering if I should bother, it's really disheartening.

Summer Top

I have lots of gingham left so I think I may just make myself an adult version, at least I won't have to worry about us wearing matching outfits...

12 comments:

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

A-ha ... I downloaded the same pattern, not even an hour ago!

Your version is lovely - I really like the pleat you have added. And frankly there is nothing better than black and white gingham. Gorgeous!

thornberry said...

In my experience the pink thing lasts for quite a few years ... Clare still says it is her favourite colour, but will now wear other colours as well. Anyway, I LOVE the top and think that you should definitely make one for yourself! It's super cute.

Corrie said...

oh yes I have a pink girl! I put a green dress on her and she said 'ummmm well it's just that it's a little bit green' so it's either pink or has a bit of pink or it's not on!

looks cute! huge fan of winging it as I go and what I feel like!

Corrie:)

ange_moore said...

I've made my 3 year old girl some lovely pink things (because she won't wear any other colour) and then she won't wear them because they are not twirly enough!! I can't win - so I've started sewing for other girls who like other colours and now Matilda wants to wear those. I'm very close to giving up too (any maybe sewing for myself or my son instead).

Bek said...

So cute! I have some black and white gingham I am holding onto for some perfect project.

I know what you mean about the "pink"- my girl is all about it too. Where do they get it from? Not their mummies obviously. Hopefully she will come around! She would look so cute in it!

Fancy Elastic said...

oh no, the pink bug!

We have a little boy, so have not yet been affected, but with an unknown on the way I am already set with the pink fear... I am so NOT pink.

I feel for you!

gorgeous top (and in a very tasteful palette!).

Catherine said...

What a beautiful top. My girls are the same about colours and patterns on fabric, their choices are a little different to what I would pick.(lol)

One Flew Over said...

I don't know about you but I really don't remember being picky about clothes at 3 years of age.

As you know, Maddie is the same and is wearing THE most feral gettup to kinder this morning.

I have retreated to the computer in defeat.

PS: Super, super sweet top and one day (hopefully a long time from now) when Lo has her own little girl and is going through the same thing...you can smile and smirk and say 'oh, but you were exactally the same, darling'. My mum gets ALOT of pleasure doing it to me!

x

sophie said...

It's gorgeous! I just love black and white gingham (I made myself something very similar). I hope she does end up wearing it, it would look so good.

Mary said...

Love the top. When Mandy's pink phase first began I made her some brooches and headbands and stuff that were super pink that she could wear when wearing 'unacceptable' colours so she was still pink. I worked for awhile.

Bec said...

ooooo, can i have one too!? willow doesn't know what a good wicket she is on! ;-D

PlanningQueen said...

I love the black and white gingham. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a fab start to 2010!