New Fave, in the hood. I’ve been planning a floral blazer for Twinkle for like light years (almost as long as I’ve been planning a blazer for myself which still hasn’t materialized), and it took a whole week to tackle. It wasn’t easy folks, I really had to muscle through some sizing issues, and I can assure you my seam ripper got lots of game time. But zoo-ee-mama, how I do love it.
Deets: I used this sweet sweet floral that I found at Michael Levine (I bought it at their storefront, but it’s on sale online!), and it ended up having great body for this project. The pattern is Kwik Sew K3697, with a few alterations. First of all, I chose a size that was really too big, and so I had to take everything in. BOO. In tailored sewing, that is a big fat pain in the arse. I added a fitted curve to the back and side seams, brought up the hem, and added a contrasting lining to the the sleeves, which is just a bomb little detail in my ‘umble opinion. But you know what is an even cooler detail? The tags. The first one is my token Mama Loves You tag, and then instead of sharpie-ing her name in like her school asks, I made her a custom name tag that I can only partially show you, cause I’m mysterious like that. SO SWEET!! I had a mini-stroke making her name tag, I just really out did myself with that one. PS Melly has a really great blazer pattern that would adorable in girl version as well, and I don’t think you’d have to make many (or any?) alterations.
A couple more things. I totally ran out of fabric (sad!), and had to piece the inner front panels, AND (much like my first version of this pattern) I had to cut it off grain!! Oh the horror!!
The skirt is self-drafted (if you can call it that); it’s just a rectangle with a paper bag elastic waist, fake placket and rectangle pockets. Super easy, and she chose the triangle buttons which I think are pretty cute. The fabric is a heavy seer sucker that a neighbor gave me.
You know who is pretty cute? This girl. And her new glasses?? Adorable. She loves this blazer–she’s been sporting it half-done around the house all week and asking me WHHHHHEN will it be done!!??! Not for the first day of school, I’ll tell you that much. But now she’ll look fantastic for her second week of school, which is nearly as good. I actually don’t want to talk too much about her first day of first grade, because it was a sad day for me. I think I cried for an hour straight the night before, and swore up and down I was just going to home school her. The actual morning though, she was really really excited. I kept on asking if she wanted to stay home, and although she had mixed emotions, she was really pumped to go. After a week we’re already in a new groove, and she’s loving it. I’m okay, but it is a really long day. Anyone else have a hard time sending your kids off to school? I was home schooled all growing up, so I think that makes it extra hard for me, although I know homeschool isn’t right for our family, at least not now. I guess it’s just an end of a chapter and that’s always sad.
In other news, I’m SO excited for Sewing Summit, and things are crazy around here with preparations and trying to find a new house because WE’RE MOVING AGAIN. Allan just got a new job down South, so it looks like we’re going to be calling Utah county our home again. I’m excited, but have lots of mixed emotions to leave a lovely home and family near by. I will have family near by down there as well, but it just feels like we didn’t get quite enough time here. But we’re hoping to actually BUY a house which is pretty fun and so grown-up. Lots of change on the horizon!