Today we have a free pattern, a refashion and the next skirt for All The Skirts: Jocole and Urban Sew all wrapped up in one sweet little package! We usually say this about everything we make, but we think this is probably the cutest outfit we’ve made yet! Let’s take them in order from top to bottom.
As we mentioned yesterday, February’s challenge from Project Run & Play was the Mademoiselle Muscle Tee from Susan of Living With Punks. We used that pattern to create Annie’s shirt. The pattern comes in a size 5, and that fit Annie perfectly.
To the main pattern, we added sleeves and a cowl neck, both from the Bimaa pattern. Annie wears the Bimaa we made her for January’s bubble hem challenge almost constantly, so we were pretty sure she’d be delighted to get a similar shirt. We also extended the cuffs from the original Bimaa as Annie’s arms seem to be longer than every pattern!
I used the rest of the ivory knit fabric from JoAnn’s purchased to make myself this top, and almost didn’t have enough! I had to piece one of the sleeves, but Annie either hasn’t noticed or it doesn’t bother her.
The sweater vest is the refashion. I found a hooded sweater in the women’s section at Goodwill, but couldn’t even fit my arms into the sleeves. When Annie tried it on, the sleeves fit around, but were too long (as was the sweater in general) and one of the cuffs was shredded. So suffice it to say, this piece took quite a bit of work to make the sweet little vest you see here! I used the Mademoiselle Muscle Tee pattern to make this vest too!
The skirt is Jocole’s Ruffle Skirt. But this is no plain old ruffle skirt! There is a yoke, an option for shorts or bloomers, and it comes sized from doll, then preemie to 5 years.
I really enjoyed making this skirt! It was easy and offered both pattern pieces or measurements for cutting out the skirt.
True to form for a Jocole pattern, there were lots of different options included in this pattern. For example, there are 3 different gathering methods explained. I chose to do the one I’d never tried before, and from now on I’ll be gathering fabric that way! It was lightening fast and easy!
We also used the instructions for adding shorts underneath the skirt; both Annie and I love this!
Annie also had to check the skirt for twirl ability…it passed!
I love how the dots change from large to small around the width (rather than length) of the skirt.
The fabric used to make the Jocole Ruffle Skirt is Nani Iro Woodblock Print sent to us by Urban Sew. This is by far the most special fabric I’ve ever worked with. Seriously! I’m already plotting what to make for myself with some Nani Iro fabric. It is beyond soft, and does not wrinkle like I thought it would.
This skirt may be a little fuller than the original pattern, but when I saw and felt the pure luxury that is this Nani Iro fabric, I just could NOT cut any of it out. So I simply cut it into two rectangles and used the full piece.
I happened to have the perfect matching fabric in my stash for the yoke piece, since I’d used all the Nani Iro fabric for the ruffle part of the skirt!
You can enter our giveaway to win 3 patterns of your choice from Jocole and a $40 gift certificate to Urban Sew. Remember, every item you link up to the Jocole and Urban Sew link up is now worth 5 entries!
If we make it to the top 10 in Project Run & Play on either of our entries, we will have a tutorial for the sweater refashion, some outtakes from both photo shoots, and a Sew My Stash 2015 Reality check for both Project Run & Play February entries, and last but not least, we’ll reveal what Mr Skirt Fixation contributed to this photo shoot!