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.