Anyway, yellow and grey are all the rage right now (I found out AFTER I had these underway. Does that make me super-hip because I thought it was chic on my own, or uber un-hip because I'm so out of touch I didn't know it was hip?), and with Easter being so early, I knew I wanted a light jacket of some sort. There is nothing more annoying than putting hours of work into a darling dress only to cover it up with a random coat! Not finding anything in pattern books, and being a HUGE fan of all things steampunk, I designed three different peplum jackets. I had to change out one of the original fabrics when I made the peplum decision, since the stripe wouldn't work with the swing of the peplum, but I was so very happy with the results all around that it made the extra fabric vexation worth the effort. Again, after getting well into sewing, I discovered that peplum jackets are on the fashion rise as well, so I'm sure there will soon be darling patterns that will make life a LOT easier for others wanting to replicate these looks :-P In the meantime, here are the patterns I used and some pics of the finished products:
Romantic Sheer Jacket over Grey Print Ruffle Dress
|Detail of the vest front - I did a little bit of ruching, and used a transparent flower button. The trim was from Hobby Lobby.|
|Detail of the sheer over the grey - I just couldn't get enough of it! SO sweet!|
For the jacket, I combined these two patterns, McCalls 4887 and Simplicity 4337. It's pretty straight forward. Obviously I didn't line the whole vest since I left it sheer, so the turning the whole thing inside out didn't apply. I also added a 1 inch ruffle all along the skirt portion of the vest.
Little Girl Yellow Ruffle Dress with Grey Polka Dot Ruffle Peplum Jacket
For my youngest, I used the shortest ruffles for the pouffiest skirt. Cut to 5 inches, their finished length ends up at 4. No matter the girls' age or size, each skirt has five tiers of ruffles. I joked with the girls near the end of this sewing project that I had actually ended up making 15 skirts this Easter, by the time I was done hemming and ruffling each stupid little section! (my ruffler foot & sewing machine decided to have a disagreement early on and refused to work together. If I'd known, I may not have been so gung-ho for ruffles!).
|To add ruffles to underskirt: I'm sure there may be a smarter way, but this is what I did - using the middle sized (6-7) dress as an example: |
|Chloe modeling fabric for me to help me visualize.|
But I still had one more trick up my sleeve. The minute I saw the butterfly fabric, I knew I had to try customizing it to make it REALLY coordinate! So I did some research on the best methods of custom coloring fabric for detail work, bought the best rated fine tip yellow fabric marker, and went to town! OH! How much fun I had!! I cut out all the pattern pieces to start, placing butterflies where I wanted them and using McCalls 4887 for the bodice and improvising the peplum piece on my own as a modified circle with a long flat section in the back to form into a large pleat (very steampunk!).
After I had my pieces cut out, I started coloring in butterflies. The concept was kind of a color wash. The bodice front had every butterfly with some color, more color as it got toward the bottom. The butterflies on the sleeves were colored more sparsely - both in that not every butterfly got color, and they didn't get very much color. On the back of the bodice, I made a potentially dangerous choice to color only one butterfly right in the center of the back, giving it the most color of any other butterfly on the whole jacket. You'll also notice that a new color has been added to the yellow-grey theme! I started at first only using yellow, but from a distance, the butterflies ended up looking more like bees for some reason. I opted to pop in a tiny bit of aqua/turquoise and it totally did the trick! To pull the coordination across the girls, I also went back and colored some of Evey's polka dots too.
|Pleated peplum jacket, 3/4 sleeve, scoop-backed peplum, custom colored butterflies - my favorite part of this jacket is the bright butterfly right in the center of her back!|
|This jacket is so perfect for my fashionista! (So sad her allergies were bugging her so bad that day!! Poor puffy red eyes!!) No two butterflies are alike.|
|I love being able to design for these gorgeous girls!! |
(FYI - hair accessories courtesy of my talented mom.)
|I do have cute boys too! These are my two amazing guys!!|
|And when you put them all together..... Hooray! Another coordinated Easter! Not sure how many more years they'll cooperate with my crazy. :)|
|OH - I almost forgot - Thought I'd add just a couple more pics of the dresses WITHOUT jackets. They're adorable on their own too!|