For my second Kids Clothes Week garment, I made the Chickadee Blouse to go with yesterday’s Chickadee Skirt. And in keeping with the Upcycle theme, I started with an old knit shirt of mine.
I used the sleeves almost straight off the shirt, and the lining of the Chickadee Blouse is made from this same knit shirt.
The main fabric came from Imagine Gnats, and is a lovely lawn. Occasionally there is a yellow bird in amongst the blue ones, and I love the way the yellow skirt draws them out. Do you think it’s ironic I used bird fabric to make the Chickadee Blouse?!?
I added a faux leather collar because, why not? It only took a scrap leftover from the cowboy quilt. Actually, both sides of the collar are this same faux leather which makes a rather thick finished collar. If anyone has any suggestions for next time I try a faux collar, please leave them in the comments. Should I have made the under collar from a regular woven? Is an under collar even necessary? But I love the look of the leather collar!
And as I mentioned on Instagram, I channelled my inner Frances Suzanne by making my own piping and putting it between the two bodice pieces! Confession: I forgot to put the piping in, and had to rip it out and add it back in; that’s how bad I wanted the pop of piping in there! It was my first time making my own piping, and hopefully I’ll improve next time…
It was really windy when we were photographing this little outfit, so it was hard to get a good shot of the outfit on Annie. She had all these cute poses she wanted to try out! She was more game than I was for an outdoor photoshoot!
I just love the little box pleats on both the front and the back of the Chickadee Blouse. Another confession: when I was cutting all my pieces out for the Chickadee skirt, I accidentally reversed them so the overlap ended up on the right rather than the left. So in order for the pleat on the Chickadee Blouse to line up, I had to reverse the top pieces too. And the happy accident was I’d cut out two of each front instead of one and already had the pieces I needed!! Love it when a mistake turns out to be an awesome thing!
And speaking of Frances Suzanne, have you seen the spring season of Flip This Pattern? You can go here to read all the details, but here’s a spoiler…WE’RE IN IT!!!