Last week I posted my daughter, Alana, wearing her leopard pants in a playful, yet chic style. If you have not seen that post, you can check it out HERE. This week, I wanted to show you how you can these dress pants up. When I dolled her up, she could not keep herself out of the mirror. LOL! When converting these pants over to a dressier style, I still kept the main part of the outfit quite simple but, I added bold accessories to play up the look. A staple in my kids wardrobes are plenty of black and white plain tee shirts; whether they are short or long sleeved. I love them because they can be dressed up or down and they pretty much go with everything. Another cute added touch to this outfit could be a simple cardigan or faux leather jacket because it will also go well during the colder months.
One of the biggest trends for Summer and Fall 2014 are bold prints. When I went to NY this weekend and saw this print I had to get it. The fabric is an African fabric called Ankara. It’s a cotton fabric with a waxy coating on the front side of the fabric. It’s extremely easy to work with. To me, it’s kind of stiff…like paper. But the variety of prints that Ankara has is endless. This type of fabric is bright, colorful, and beautiful. So aside from making myself and outfit from this particular fabric, I had some leftover so, I had to make my sweet baby girl something. BTW, she kept asking me to make her something since she saw my son not wanting to change his pants from the ones I made in a previous post that you can check out here. Pillowcase dresses have been around for so long and I’ve always wanted to make my daughter one, but never had the chance too. But, I made one last night and it took me about 1.5 hours. This dress was extremely easy! And my daughter received so many compliments on it. The women at church couldn’t even believe that I made this dress. And that brought a smile to my face. Oh! And the bow….I made that it 15 min. I think anyone can make a hair bow with their eyes closed; cute and simple! I love these dresses because they can transition from a dress into a tunic. And, if you don’t care for a fabric bow, you can opt for a wide ribbon. Sewing gives you so many possibilities. There are so many tutorials on Pinterest if you are interested in making one. You can check out this one HERE and HERE. These dresses are a fast option if you ever in need of an outfit for that little girl in your life. Oh! I didn’t mention what a fabulous and inexpensive gift this would be!
Have you or will you be making one for your little girl?
This past weekend I finally got the chance to go to Savannah, Georgia. My little brother, Joshua from Victor + Alexander, goes to SCAD so I went with my parents to go pick him up. While in Savannah, I had a vision in my mind of how men dress in this southern atmosphere so when packing clothes for my son, I imagined a sophisticated, yet fun look that basically kids and adults can pull off. May I say that my son received so many compliments that day.
I’m still not sure where my son got his modeling techniques from, but I’m really enjoying watching him work the camera. For being only 2 years old, I love how photogenic he is. Easy way to transition those long sleeves shirts from Winter is to roll those sleeves up. Great money saver.
Hat: Target (Dollar Section)// Button-Up: Target// Shorts: Thrift Store// Shoes: Target (Clearance)
So in my previous post I mentioned that last year I made my first article of clothing. Last year, I felt that my daughter’s Easter dress was so difficult that I couldn’t even make anything for my son like I had hoped. Yes, I felt bad. So this year I went all out for him. I wanted my son and daughter’s outfit to stay in the same color pallete so I found a really nice purple cotton and a nice neutral suiting fabric to complete his look.I decided to make my son a vest, a pair of pants, and a button-up shirt. My husband was the happiest I think. Only because I haven’t made anything that looked in the least bit masculine. He absolutely loved it. He even had the nerve to say that it was the best thing I ever made. Oh please! SMH! Even my mom who has been sewing longer than I’ve been alive, was looking for tags on the clothes because she couldn’t believe that I made this. How rude! LOL! So, the pattern that I used to create this entire look was M6873. It has everything that you see above + more. Now for the review….this pattern doesn’t have any waist measurements like adult patterns do so if you want to make it for you little ones, I feel that this pattern only works for maybe Newborn -2 years. I guess it depends on the size of your child. My son is 2 years old and I used the largest size in the pattern. The pattern does mention that it is EASY. I would have to disagree. It’s not that difficult but I would say it’s difficulty is in the middle. The vest was easy until the last step when it came connecting the sides of the vest together. It was quite difficult to maneuver while sewing, but I was able to manage it. (Tip:when connecting the sides, sew the outside of the vest first, then slipstitch the lining to hide any stitching.) The pants were probably the easiest. I did not add a cuff because I don’t really like that look. One thing I must mention though. The pants were quite baggy or loose. They almost had the look of gauchos. I prefer slimmer pants so used a 1.5 seam allowance on the outside and inner leg and used my serger on the edges to cut the extra seam allowance. As for the button-up, that was the most difficult because the sleeves did not match up to the front and back of the shirt. When I used a 5/8 inch seam allowance, wrinkles and creases were created allowing for it to look messy and unprofessional. This also happened when I attempted to sew the collar. So in order for me to sew everything together with a neat appearance, I had to use a smaller seam allowance, maybe 1/4 inch. The button-up was definitely my biggest headache.
(Note: I DID NOT tell him how to pose. I guess he was just ready. LOL!)