You should have seen the eyebrows raised when I was making the fabric selections for these fancy duds, there were a couple of people that thought I might have completely lost my marbles! This is one of my fav patterns, it's so unexpected and over-the top, that I think unexpected fabric selections are just perfect! I mean, no one's gonna be walking around in anything remotely like these … even if you make them in solid plain demin. Actually, I'm doing my best to encourage more Crazy Curvy Solana goodness because, well, They just rock my world!
I went with bright bold fabrics in lots of colors with pretty large scale patterns on them and I think it works. Most of the eyebrow raisers have come round to see that my vision wasn't proof of needing an extended stay at the white jacket motel, but rather a super colorful expression of love that my girls can pull off.
The pant pattern is Solana, the fabrics are various finewale corduroy from my shop, the pink one is the only one left in stock at the moment, and the hem is made from westfalan bias. If you've sewn the Lunada pattern or the Redondo skirt and are ready to take those curvs a step further this is the pattern for you.
I actually made these last winter for G (size and aged 7.5) in the 7/8 size. She just barely squeezed into them and the length was just long enough. She wore them a few times and the bias hem isn't scuffed at all. So when the pattern says measure your subject and adjust the sizing according … really do it with this pattern!
Don't assume that because you always sew the 7/8 and they fit that you'll have the same result. What a shame it would have been if M wasn't coming up and needing some out-this-world pants! M is 6 and is a regular 6 size, these pants fit her great. There's a little room in the toosh for climbing and growing and a little room in the length, so that these pants can see some wear before becoming too small.
In my rush to get out of the house this morning I forgot her snazzy orange keds which give her just the right amount of height that the hem doesn't drag, like you see here. Cords and sandels, this is my life
The top is IMKE made with contrasting side panels out of jersey, the dots are stenzo, I put the hood on because this girl, at this moment, is loving hoodies. Who knows, by the time the weather is such that she can actually wear it she may be moved on. One factor with making the hoodie was to use a yarn woven knit vs. a printed knit. Let me elaborate, the dots are printed pink/pink on the front but the underside is white. The stripe is yarn woven meaning that the colors were dyed first then woven into their current pattern. This means that the hoodie looks good whether it's hanging down or not and I didn't have to line it.
I used the IMKE from the book Sewing Clothes Kids Love because I didn't want to use up any of my remaining stock of the stand alone pattern. The choice is yours, should you decide on making this cute top.
ribbon running down the arm is from Farbenmix. I still want to add an iron on or 2 to the top but I'll have to sneak it in, my fabric mixing consertive husband might well give me that vacation if I add anything else to this outfit!