2013-04-05

Week One of THE SEW OFF < Dreaming of Spring Outfit >

Edited: This post was first meant for The Sew Off competition. Still, when I started refashioning this pants, I had The Sew-vivor sew along in mind, which theme was buttons. In the meanwhile I was informed I was competing for The Sew Off and immediately started thinking about making a full outfit for my entry on the kid's clothing theme. 
For the Project Run & Play sew along, I was hoping to make my niece a dress, with some flower details. I didn't know I would end up so short on time, and since I don't usually do much details, this outfit is pretty much the general detailed look I usually sew. 

I wasn't really expecting to hit one of the twelve. I was planning to sew along anyway, so as soon as I knew what the themes were, I started working on my kid's project. Spring just got in a few days ago, so I made a spring inspired outfit.

It is composed by three pieces: a blazer jacket, 
a top and a pair of denim pants. 


I love this picture! Can you notice her mini braid? ha ha 


too bad it was cold when we tried our first photoshoot, and she was wearing a long sleeved shirt under the top and a scarf... besides she was on a shell hunting, not very cooperative, but then again, when is she?!

The blazer is made out of polka dot cotton fabric and lined in white. I created the pattern for all the pieces, and for the blazer’s collar I have – on purpose – made it wide. It is a Spring blazer and it looks fresher this way. I added a single button (same as I used in the pants) and placket, and fluffy pockets with a ribbon on each. I made it a little bigger than G. is wearing now because kids grow fast at this age, and I'd like it to last a little longer - as I usually do with all her clothes lately. 


The top is made with knit fabric, with a ribbon detail on the front (same pattern I used here) and a central pleat. The fabric I used came from an existing woman's top that I deconstructed and turned into the new toddler top. Refashioning is my thing for sure. My G. calls it a dress - don't ask me why. I've told her it is a top not a dress, but she doesn't care. 

front & back

The pants are made of denim, which came from daddy's old jeans. I used red thread in all seams for contrast. On the sides of the pants, I sewed strips matching the blazer, or better, I made the blazer matching these, because the pants where my starting point for this project. On the back, I added placket pockets, large enough for her to stuff her favourite toys; and for the front I made a sort of sailor inspired button closure. I had done that before, so if you're interested there's a tutorial here. Another thing about this pants is that I added an adjustable elastic on the waist band for good fit. It was the first time I did so, and I guess I always will from now on. 


Just look: you have to bribe a child to have her doing what you want and still you suffer to get some nice shoots taken.

I love that fancy blazer, but I must confess that the pants are a favourite in our home. Even for G. She's a pants girl. I swear, this little lady has cried over me trying to put her a skirt on. She didn't want to, she said. Even dad is in love with the pants. So I guess, even if I don't make it to the second week, it is a win for us. 


Now, if you think I am worth it, go there and vote for me. If it happens that you think somebody else's deserves your vote better than I do, go ahead, I won't beat you up...he he he, Now seriously, go there and VOTE

37 comments:

  1. Me encanta el conjunto Magda. Las tres piezas son ideales. Y la elección de las telas y colores super acertada.

    Besicos

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    1. Gracias María!! Me alegro mucho! =D

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  2. I absolutely LOVE this outfit! Even with it layered over another shirt & the scarf it looks so great! The pants are amazing, the jacket is amazing and that little top!

    I wish we weren't going into Winter here! So cute!

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    1. Thank you Max! =D You can always try it for the next year for your little girl!

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  3. Hi Magda! Already voted (for you, of course!). I think you deserve it, because the patterns are all yours, because you refashion things (and I love that), and because the three pieces look great!!

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    1. Thank you so much! You melted my heart with those kind words!!! =D

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  4. Great stuff! I confess I also love the pants the best. I think it's the button closure -- so excellent!

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    1. Maybe it's the button closure as you said. =D

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  5. Love that coat so dearly!!! Great job lady!!!!

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  6. I am SO IMPRESSED with that jacket!!! Please, please, please, please share with me???!!! LOL!

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  7. Your little top is so fresh and pretty, love it all!

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  8. Magda this is amazing! It adorable, girly and edgy all in one. I love this outfit! I need to make a pair of those pants for myself! :-)

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    1. Thank you Mikelina! =) I think I want to make one pair for me too... hehehe

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  9. You are so clever! I wish I could sew-I struggle just fixing buttons!

    It's funny that you are dreaming about Spring but here in Australia I am so over summer and am loving the cooler Fall temps!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    PS I see you are a Pinterest fan-I have a pinning bloggers masterlist at my blog you might be interested in joining. Please pop by and say G'Day if you have a minute!

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    1. Well, spring should be here already but it's only on the calendar... I long for warmer days... hence the title of my outfit.

      I quickly visited your blog and I realised I already knew it. I'll try to visit again with a bit more time.

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  10. Magda!!!!! (Hope I can call you that?) this is SOOOO cute! I LOVE it! What pattern did you use for the blazer??

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    1. of course you can!!! Thanks so much! As I said on your blog, I will share a pdf pattern as soon as I'm off of The competition.

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  11. Que trabalheira! Acho que nunca fiz um "outfit" completo para as minhas filhas!
    Ficou fantástico! Gosto principalmente do casaco...
    Muitos parabens e boa sorte para o concurso The Sew Off!

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    1. Por acaso até foi! Mas valeu a pena, adoro vê-la com o fatinho completo! Eu gosto muito de lhe fazer calças e ela mesma gosta muito, então já tenho feito alguns fatos completos. =D Ah, muito obrigado!

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  12. Great job! The coat fits so perfectly, i want your tailoring abilities. <3


    Mae

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    1. Thanks so much for the compliment Mae!!! =)

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  13. That coat is to die for! So gorgeous. Well done! Have slipped on over to vote, and have all my fingers and toes crossed that its picked! Love it, and so wish for a red polka dot coat myself! Keera

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    1. thanks Keera! Yes, this outfit made it to the next week! =D

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  14. I love this! The whole outfit is really adorable. The colors are great- your model is a sweety and the jacket is the perfect finishing touch!
    great job momma!
    with love,
    -Jo

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    1. Thank you. I loved yours too!!! =D

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  15. Wow!! These are really incredible. The jacket is my favorite.

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    1. Thanks Kaitlin. I still have to try that refashion you did last week.

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  16. The polka dots are darling, but the pants are my favorite! Love them!

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    1. Thank you Julie... it's funny how every person has a different favourite from the 3 pieces, but as I said before, the pants are a favourite at our house too. =D

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  17. This jacket is so beautiful! She looks like a little woman in that outfit!

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    1. Thank you. I really became one of her faves, and a pattern this is still on my plans, I just couldn´t get to it yet.

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