Do you ever have one of those weeks where you have 391,602 things to do but you can’t stop thinking about sewing something completely extraneous and weather-inappropriate? That was me last week.
I had the Ethan Shirt from Sis Boom Patterns and the Fancy Pants Leggings from Titchy Threads, AND I had this great chambray and printed knit and gold pleather in my stash. It was like the perfect storm of awesome. What I didn’t have was time. (or enough buttons, obviously)
But I didn’t let that stop me. I just threw everything I should have been doing out the window and sat down until this outfit was done. And it really didn’t take that long. It literally took longer to print out the leggings pattern than it did to make them, thanks to my ornery printer that is just begging to be tossed off the nearest balcony.
This shirt took a bit longer, but was still an easy, straightforward sew. The pattern calls for 1/4 seam allowances throughout, and that was a first for me. But it makes precision sewing SO easy. The thrill I got every time I top-stitched and pressed was probably a little unwarranted, but I take my thrills however I can get them. And then when I inserted the Liberty print yoke lining I just grinned like a loon for a good half hour. This was one of those projects that was so fun and interesting to sew up that I didn’t even want to stop for a pee break. Or a dinner/after-school-activities/clean up/bedtime story break. But I did. Cuz I’m a good mom like that.
I wasn’t 100% sure about the reception a chambray boy’s shirt would get from my daughter, and thus I approached her armed with google images of supermodels wearing the same outfit. They turned out to be completely unnecessary though, because she saw it, squealed, pulled it on, and literally started running circles through the house. I guess she likes it?
The pocket brought up a good teaching opportunity to explain the definition of the word “bling” to her too, so it was a great moment in parenting.
If the congressmen decide to step out of their expensive catered lunches and driving ranges long enough to pass the budget, we’ll be going to New Zealand on Thursday and she can get 2 weeks wear out of this outfit until we have to pack it away for another year. I’ll probably have to make another pair of leggings, but the shirt will fit for a good two years, I’m hoping. And then her sister can wear it. And then her other sister. The perks of same-gendered offspring.
7 going on 17. I don’t know how this happened.
Ethan Shirt from Sis Boom Patterns, sz 8
Fancy Pants Leggings from Titchy Threads, sz 7
All fabric purchased locally except the Liberty print which was from a Liberty for Target scarf gifted to me by Susan :)
If you’d like to sew up a similar outfit, the Ethan Shirt and Fancy Pants Leggings are included in the Sew Fab Bundle, which is only for sale for another 24 hours! Don’t miss this chance to own 26 versatile patterns for only $29.95!
You can find a list of each pattern in this post.