Jun 13, 2015

summer lux

Yay for summer break!  I am so excited about the lazy days ahead, especially since there is a 10-year anniversary beach vacay in my near future.  I pretty much packed away my sewing stuff during the month of May, but I'm back full swing with a long list of summer projects.  One of the first items on my list was this little outfit for my almost six-year-old.


This is another version of the Charlie dress by Mingo and Grace, except turned into a swingy tank top.  I made no alterations to the pattern except to leave off the flounce.  The fabric is a gorgeous Nani Iro border print double gauze, hence the "lux" in the post title. :-) Double gauze really does feel so luxurious.  The shorts are Striped Swallow's Coachella shorts in linen.  I didn't sandwich the bias tape around the raw edges; instead, I applied it like flat piping.

The Charlie dress is really straightforward in terms of construction, and I want to make a million more of them.  I love the way this style looks on Cara--a tiny bit more grown up (but just a teeny, tiny bit) but still perfect for playing at the park.

I had a bit more trouble with the Coachella shorts.  I guess I'm not used to following directions anymore, so I found myself quite confused about how to overlap and attach the back of the shorts to the front.  I had an idea of how I thought it should work, which didn't match up with the directions at all.  I tried twice to make the method in the directions work, but in the end, I just did what I wanted to do, which was to simply topstitch to attach the back of the shorts to the front.

Isn't this double gauze print just gorgeous?  After I used a chunk of this fabric for myself (cough, cough), I didn't have enough left to cut the back using the border print.  I like how the back looks full of those watercolor flowers though.  No harm in being just a bit selfish. ;-)

Silly and sassy describe this girl perfectly. 

Cara has enthusiastically approved this outfit, so I think she may end up with a few more.  A girl can never have too many tanks and shorts.

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