My friends, I am very sorry that it has finally turned off cold in the mid-west. But for some odd reason, it is still relatively warm here in London. Don't kill me for saying so, because it will probably still be chilly here when you are wearing your spring clothes. (I'm thinking of last year when it snowed while we were doing our Easter Egg hunt.) I know that the days of thick sweaters and and wolly hats are ahead of us, but while we are enjoying the last few gusts of warmish autumn air, I had to get Hannah into this all-wide ensemble.
I'm not sure why she decided to plop right down, but we went with it. What other options are there for sassy 3 year olds who are being photographed?
Anyway, the top is the Olivia Top by Cali Faye, who you might remember I am a huge fan of. I think I have a dozen of her patterns, literally.
The only modification that I made to the top were the straps, where I added a little sweet cotton lace detail across the shoulder between the straps.
The pattern guides you to choose your child's size based on their chest measurement, which I did. But it turns out that though Hannah has a tiny bodice, she is tall for that size and I was worried that this top would be too short on her in a few months. I have big plans to keep it on her through the fall underneath cardigans, so I added the lace at the top to drop it down a little bit and give her a little more length. The next one that I make I will simply add a good 3-4 inches to the hem and call it a day. I love that the elastic around the bodice lets this top grow with your child, so I'm trying to take advantage of that any way that I can. There is nothing that bums me out like packing up outgrown hand mades, so I'll avoid that as long as I can. :)
Next up are the Hosh Pants, by Lou Bee Clothing, a designer whom I have made three different versions of each of the patterns of hers that I own. The Hosh Pants is an excellent staple pattern as is, BUT has recently gained a cool-cat makeover and is about to be re-released very soon. It has new options, including one for wide legs and a yoga band style waist, which is what I sewed up.
First off, it's comfy. Soooo comfy. The main part of Hannah's pants are sewn up with the same charcoal gray knit that I used to make my Syrah Skirt, so I can attest to the wearability and comfort factor. That yoga band is perfect for supporting but not digging into that round post-toddler belly that we love so much around here. Plus, you're pants are obviously comfy if you keep plopping down on the ground in them, sweatpants style, right?
(I will miss the "smile while saying cheese" face when it goes.)
Second, I just cannot resist the "wide-leg pants on a small child" cuteness factor. While I was sewing these up I realized that they had a little bit of a mini-executive look to them, so instead of downplaying that that I decided to just go with it, and added wide cuffs to the bottom and pressed a big pleat down the middle. It still looks girly with her flowy top and sandals, and so long as I don't pair it with a little briefcase I think it is perfect.
Hannah agrees. Particularly when she's not being blinded by the sun.
Linking this bad boy up over at Kids Clothes Week. Two more still to come this week. Hopefully. Fingers crossed that the latter part of the week is productive.