School Girl Floral Blazer, a Striped Skirt and Her First Day

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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.

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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.

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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!!
mad mim_Floral Blazer and Striped Skirt_05The 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. 
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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!
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42 Comments

Kristie

Love the blazer.
And while I didn’t initially love Utah county, it has grown on me. I love Spanish Fork. The city is awesome, schools are great, and the city is great with utilities/road clearing in winter/problems. I know a few houses around me for sale. 🙂
Good luck with the move. Since you just did it, you must be a pro!

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Miriam

I really like Spanish Fork too! We just looked at a house there, and I was really charmed by the town etc. And it has costco! Awesome! BUt I’ll have to work some magic to get Allan on board, he’s sort of anti-spanish fork because it feels to rural to him. But I think if we found the right house there, he’d be cool. We’ll see! Oh and send those houses!

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Lelia

I’m in Spanish too! It is really cute, but sometimes I get a little grumpy over having to drive to other cities to get things that I need or if I want to eat somewhere nice. Selfishly, it would be rad if you lived around here, I would beg you to host sewing get together.
That outfit is amazing!! She lucky to have a mommy love her so much! I get misty just thinking about my little guy not being home with me.

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Miriam

Yeah, that’s definitely where my husband is coming from, he’s a total city snob, and hates to be far from anything. We’re both kinda spoiled from living in Murray the past year, because everything was so close I could spit on it. At least it has a costco and joann though (although I haven’t heard great things about that location..), I guess you can never have it all!

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Lauren Dahl

Super cute! I have a blazer on my mental list for my daughter this fall, too…but I’m going to go with an Ottobre pattern for a sweatshirt-knit one so I don’t have to figure out the sizing! I am not that ambitious yet.

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Miriam

Yes! The one in the latest issue, right?! It’s so cute, I had already bought this woven fabric when I got the issue, or else I totally would have gone that route as well, so cute and more comfy too!

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Mary

I live in Spanish Fork, too! It is awesome and you should definitely move here. You should be my neighbor.

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Deja

I’m a lurker, but I’m delurking to say that this outfit makes me sadder than anything that I can’t sew clothes. Ugggg! I need to learn immediately. Gorgeous, gorgeous.

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marseille

dang, there was a house for sale down the street right on the river. it is beautiful, but someone bought it. 🙁 probably out of your price range too. Move back near me!!! also, have you been reading diary of a wimpy kid? “zoo-ee-mama” christopher (and I) just finished them.

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Hannah

That blazer is adorable, and I love hearing someone else use zoo-ee-mama like that. I catch myself saying it way too often.

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Miriam

You know, I’ve never read the books, but just saw that movie and a)LOVED that little kid, so cute. and b) LOVED that phrase, and it has just stuck!

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Miriam

Yeah, I know! I’ve been wanting to make one for myself for AGES, but for some reason kids clothes is less intimidating to me (even if in this case it’s exactly the same!)

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Becca

I really really love it. It is just adorable!
Also, very excited for your changes. Maybe I’ll call you and we can chat it up!

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suz

Totally gorgeous!! I have used that floral in my popover dress remix for projectrun and play.. Will be on my blog next week! I love the skirt too 🙂 suz

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Miriam

I made them! I hand carved the stamp, and then just stamped it on a bit of fabric! I can totally make you one, just tell me what you want me to write!

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Tracy King

I am so excited!!! When I clicked on the link I realized I own that pattern already!!! I think my girls (the two youngest at least) need a blazer each like this. The floral is perfect and the stripes are wow!!! I totally want to knock this look off 🙂

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Miriam

Oh you should! And how fun to already have the pattern! It’s a good pattern, and I think maybe the only blazer pattern out there from the big four? Anyway, i totally support you in knocking it off!

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Miriam

Melly I’m so glad you commented, I was totally planning on linking to your blazer pattern but forgot, now I’ll go back and put it in! (and yeah, I can’t get enough of stripes and floral either!)

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Tami

This just may be my fave of yours so far. LOVE it! You’re a smart cooker for adding a name tag. And it just made my day reading you’ll be coming back this way! So excited to have you close again.

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Lucinda

The jacket is adorable, but I think my favorite part is the layered tags! What a great detail!! And that skirt . . . anything in ticking makes me happy:)

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Emily

Mim, Twinkle truly looks beautiful, it doesn’t get more darling than that. Happy house hunting you’ll have to keep us posted on home possibilities on the family group. Those are some mighty sharp lapels, I’ve never seen them so sharp, how did you do it? Tell me sometime.

Love ya,

Em

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Jordan

Gorgeous jacket! And southern Utah County isn’t so far away from everything as you might think. I was worried when we moved to Payson but I really love it. And we have the temple going up two blocks from us so…pretty awesome. There are several homes for sale on KSL that are nice.

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Sabra

Miriam!!! you are a master! That fabric combo, the design, the sewing!! How do you do it? I love it all. And I’m so excited for Summit!!! YAY

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