But eventually I got her to put on the full outfit (on New Years' Eve) so I could snap some photos, and it came together just how I pictured it.
The blouse is the Cece Top from Popolok Designs. I got to be a pattern tester for this pattern a while back, and I made the sleeveless dress version. When Little Sister was her auntie's flower girl back in October, I had decided to make another Cece Dress, this time with sleeves, but once I had the top cut out I decided it was too formal for that wedding (I decided to make the Leah dress from Craftiness is not Optional instead). I finished the peplum top version, with short sleeves and a peter pan collar, in time for the holidays.
The gold-flecked tweed remnant I used to make the skirt had been in my stash for a while, and I just loved how it went with the shimmery gold blouse.
|fabrics and trim|
|tucked in to show off the skirt|
When I made the top, I was trying to keep things easy on myself, so I skipped the invisible zipper, and just did a button-and-loop closure using the same method described in the Leah dress tutorial I had used before.
But this blouse is more fitted than the Leah dress, so it is a bit of a tight squeeze getting it on and off, even though it fits great once it's on her (I cut out the 3T, which is what she's mostly wearing in store-bought right now). I also cut the peter pan collar smaller than the pattern, and it flips up a little--I might try topstitching it down so it lays a little better. One of the things I love about this fabric is that the backside is not shimmery, so I can use it for a nice subtle contrast. I used the backside for the collar and the bias trim that I made.
Once she had it on, she decided she liked it after all, so maybe we'll have some occasion where she can wear it even though it didn't make a holiday appearance this year.
Or maybe not--you never can tell with this girl!