Project Run & Play‘s pattern of choice for March was this free knot dress from The Sewing Rabbit with a distinctly summery feel. Here in London on a damp, cold Tuesday morning Summer feels a long way off, but the daffodils and crocuses that are beginning to brighten my doorstep are a promising sign that at least Spring is here/on its way. With that in mind I decided to make my version of the pattern into a top so that it might see a bit of use sooner rather than later, worn over trousers or leggings. The original pattern offers the option of 5 knots, but as I prefer details a little more minimal than that, I decided to draw attention to just one knot on the back by removing all the others and using a plain white swiss dot cotton fabric.
I cut a size 3 so there would be room for growth, shortening the length of the skirt to a tunic length and drafting out the shoulder ties. The white looks great and showcases the back detail well, I just wonder how long it will be before I have to dye it a nondescript shade of brown to cover the stains it’s bound to attract.
In the meantime however, S loves it* and as the design features a full skirt ubiquitous twirl shots are compulsory. *H also loves it so I may find myself making another one.
When summer comes I can imagine her wearing this style with the Liberty print bloomers I made her last year but until then I made a pair of tie waist detail trousers in a navy silk/linen mix.
The style is self-drafted and features deep pockets, a low (but not full MC Hammer) crotch, pleats and a tie/knot detail at the front. To make them easy enough for her to take on and off on her own the rest of the waistband is elasticated.
For a bit of colour I also made a knot tie headband, which is elasticated at the back for comfort/to help it stay on, in yellow floral print cotton.
With Spring springing but definitely not sprung enough for outside photos in sleeveless tops, I spotted another idea for fabric butterflies on The Sewing Rabbit blog that would bring a bit of cheer inside (and use up all the scraps from the outfit). Making fabric butterflies isn’t really my idea of fun but I figured
I could get H to do all the hard work it would make a great first sewing machine project for H. Buoyed on by the prospect of getting her hands on my precious machine she was really keen and cut out all the shapes while I ironed on the interfacing. Then (with me breathing down her neck) she got the hang of forwards and backwards stitching, sewing the pieces together before I gathered them slightly for a more 3d effect.