This will be the first of (hopefully!) many posts about my girl Twinkle’s Fall wardrobe. The girly gone done and grew up too fast, and I’m sentimentally designing a few (too many) things for her special educational start. My boy is also in dire straights for Sunday attire and more Summer wear, and Baby Girl could use some more staples to spit up on. And let’s not even dive into the pool of planned pieces for me (I such a selfish sewist!!) So you see, I’m just SWAMPED with sewing projects, which exactly why tonight I agreed to do a custom bride’s maid alteration. Oh boy!
Anyway, this little color-blocked shirt is particularly sentimental to me, because it is to the very best of my memory, a recreation of my favorite shirt when I was in Kindergarten. My shirt was purple, and instead of lace it was mesh, but the simple color-blocking and design are the same. I remember many a morning before school selecting once again the Kindergarten Fave and then dismally assessing the dried and crusted selection of food and worse that had collected on my shirt front. I distinctly remember having the thought Oh it’s okay. Everyone will just think I got it dirty at breakfast! I was concerned that three days worth of accumulated crap would give me away, and yet it never occurred to me that people may remember me WEARING THE SAME SHIRT THREE DAYS IN A ROW. Ah, the logic of a 5 year-old.
I recently came into some beautiful, soft lace (in the same way that people sometimes come into money) , and I dyed both the knit and lace in the same dye bath (which was an experimental mix of orange and hot pink). They took the color so differently (!), but I’m totally happy with the result. I just completely winged the pattern, and it luckily turned out great. Sometimes I get lucky like that.
My color-blocking technique was simple: I made a simple 1-piece pattern, cut diagonally, and then added a seam allowance to both edges. Pieced them together, and then proceeded normally. Here’s a quicky color-blocking lesson I gleaned from my Sew Splashy swimwear booklet:
Dude, that girly of mine is straight up adorbs. And yes, I just said that word and No I’ll never do it again.