This contributor post is written by Rachel of Sew Happily
Hey yall! I’m Rachel of Sew Happily! I’m thrilled to be joining the Clover & Violet team as a monthly contributor. Each month, I’ll be highlighting children’s fashion – and how we, as wannabe seamstresses, can make our kids the talk of the town! And be on the look out for when my own little fashionista, Reagan, makes her debut appearance.
We all know and love Pinterest (am I right, yall?) as a source of daily, instant inspiration. There are more pins of children’s fashion that you can shake a stick at. Celebrities’ children, royalty babies, models, and bloggers alike – it’s a great way to sort and organize pictures and styles that I inspire you.
Today, I wanted to share with yall some looks that I have been drooling over for summertime… and how you can create them at home. Bold colors, geometric lines, and stand out looks have become very (dare I say) typical this year – and it’s a look that translates down to even the tiniest of tots. I’m loving this look from NY based Millions of Color and truly, it’d be easy to translate to any age girl.
For the look on the right, I’d use Dana Made It’s Simple Skirt Tutorial for the skirt combined with a soft knit from Girl Charlee or another fabric store, and you’d have a great practical day to day skirt for any little miss. It looks like the skirt has a wide elastic waistband, and with Dana’s tutorial, it’d be easy to use wider elastic to mimic that. For the top, it looks like a fairly simply tee – and there are tons of patterns out there! Some of my favorites to use would be Craftiness is Not Optional Nessie Tee or the Blank Slate Patterns Tee Times Three.
For the look on the left, I’d use the (new) Willow & Co. Aster Cardigan. The dress I’d probably pattern hack rather than use an established pattern To pattern hack this dress, I’d take any one of the tee shirt patterns for the first look, and add a gathered skirt portion with the seam line hitting around the waist.
Now, I’m a fan of bold colors and simple lines, myself, but what if you’re looking for something a bit…. fancier? For the perfect upscale summer inspiration, I’m a fan of Suri Cruise. Kate and Tom’s daughter certainly always looks perfectly appropriate.
What makes this dress stand out is the vibrant red and the beautiful fabric. I’d use a silk dupoini or a taffeta in a bold red. I’d use Made by Rae’s Geraninum dress for the bodice and skirt. BUT – instead of using Rae’s fabulous directions, I’d add a single large pleat (maybe a 4 inch box pleat) to the front to mimic the look. You could then add a cute bow right on the front of the pleat, similar to Suri’s dress or some lace at the bottom hem or along the sleeves.
So – I’m curious? What are your summertime kids sewing plans? Do you often find inspiration in children’s fashion? And where does that inspiration come from?