A new outfit because a) she’s grown b) decided she loves trousers and not leggings 3) to celebrated my favourite local fabric shop launching their website.
The fabric shop in question if you’ve not read this blog before is Simply Fabrics Brixton. Luckily for me it’s been my local fabric shop for over 15 yrs and me first stop when I need to buy fabric or haberdashery for a project. They stock a fair amount of dead stock from the fashion industry as well as most of the basics and now for the first time they’ll be selling (some of their stock) online. As I understand it they will have a range of stuff online and are hoping to have a bit of a specialism in broderie anglais, Indian block print fabric and (allelujah) matching ribbing and sweatshirting. I believe also spot one of my illustrations on the website.
To help share the good news I decided to sew up a new outfit for the smallest child to her specifications. (This isn’t a paid or sponsored post btw. just support for a local business that I value hugely.)
The blouse is a slightly adapted Mini Suzon from Republique du Chiffon in a size 6. I drafted some short sleeves for it and increased both the width and the volume of the frills. The fabric is a viscose linen mix which results in a lovely drape and feel.
For a more dramatic effect I also added a second contrasting frill also in a viscose fabric. To finish I added some little pearlised buttons from my vintage collection.
Happily there was a beautifully coordinating cotton needlecord fabric sat alongside the viscose on the shelf which became a(nother) pair of graphite trousers. I’ve recently made her a couple of these for school so used the same size – age 4 graded to age 7 in length. (These versions were made from french terry and upcycled charity shop viscose)
The needle cord is lovely and soft but on the lighter weight side so perfect for shirts and dresses too. In fact so perfect for these things I used some of the other colours to make a shirt and trouser set (that I sort of wish I’d made in my size). I used the same trouser pattern as above and paired with a shirt pattern from Simple girls clothes by a Sunny Spot sewing book.
From the same book I also made two little dresses for my nieces.