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O’s Summer Wardrobe is Complete!

June 24, 2014

I burned the after midnight oil this last weekend and finished up Miss O’s summer wardrobe. Thankfully the weather was amazing so we were able to get pictures of everything! O is becoming quite the little model! Miss O's summer wardrobe 2014 collage cropped Here is a recap picture of everything!  All together I made:
5 all knit dresses (including 3 skater dresses)
1 all woven dress
1 1/2 knit, 1/2 woven dress
2 tops
5 shorts (1 woven, 4 knit)
1 pair of capris

I am feeling pretty proud of myself and O is loving all the cozy summer dresses! I think if I can squeeze a sundress or two in between other projects this summer I will – a girl can never have too many cute sundresses!

More details on the outfits I have yet to feature. I actually completely forgot to post about this first dress. I made this cute Cottage Mama Play Frock from The Cottage Mama’s book – Sew Classic Clothes for Girls in time for O’s preschool graduation – so this one has been done for a while. I had purchased a few prints from the Cat Nap line by Lizzy House for Andover. My girl loves cats and this dress turned out so cute!

cat nap play frock front

cat nap play frock back

She really did look adorable on preschool graduation day in her Cat Nap dress!

So I said in my first Summer Clothes post that O and I fell in love with Kitschy Coo’s Little Girls Skater Dress – well I made 2 more of them.  Another one with sleeves and one sleeveless.  So comfy and cute!  I have a few more pieces of knit that I think I will cut into skater dresses since they really can be worn day or night!  Here is Skater dress #2 – purple with pink cracks in it – looks like the crackle paint technique – and my girl’s 2 favorite colors so it works!

purple skater dress with ruffle bike shorts
purple skater dress back

I had enough fabric to make some ruffled bike shorts (which I made longer) for under her dress.  She can wear them with the dresses or just with a t-shirt adding to the summer options!

Here is the sleeveless version, I made a regular (non ruffly pair of bike shorts to match this one).  My leggings/shorts go to pattern – has been the Go-To Patterns Leggings of course!

bug skater dress front
bug skater dress with matching shorts

The next outfit is another one from the Cottage Mama book, I loved the fabric combo but thought it might be a little “out there” but I think it really looks great on her!  I made the Ruffle Capris and the A-Line Top.  The Capris are so cute and I love how the Cottage Mama did the leg ruffles with a fun overlap on the outside.

floral pink cm ruffle capris and aline top front 2
floral pink cm ruffle capris and aline top

And I was so proud of myself that I figured out the lined top/dress finishing trick on the first try!  It really is a slick way to finish lined garments but can be very confusing to figure out.  Check out The Cottage Mama’s book and patterns for her awesome designs and techniques!

I had plans to make another one of Craftiness is Not Optional’s Lulu dress in a different fabric combo, but decided I would try the top version in a sleeveless instead.  Miss O made the final decision on the fabric.  I was actually happy to use this cute Hello Kitty fabric that I have had sitting in my stash.  I paired it with another pair of ruffled bike shorts.

hello kitty lulu top and ruffle shorts

Of course, for the photo shoot, I had to sneak in the Hello Kitty clip I made her for her 2nd birthday party!

hello kitty lulu top close

And finally for the last piece!  I used the super cute and fun rainbow chevron knit to make the Hangout Hoodie Dress by Peekaboo Pattern Shop!  The final result is really cute but oh please don’t look too close at that placard… that was kinda hard, but I made it work.  I think I will try this pattern again as a top for both O & V!

rainbow chevron hangout hoodie dress front 2
rainbow chevron hangout hoodie dress front
rainbow chevron hangout hoodie dress back

It was a few late nights to get this done, but I really enjoyed myself and I feel like my sewing has improved because of it (especially with knits). The fact that my daughter now is proudly counting how many Mommy made dresses are in her closet (I think we are close to 20 now) makes my heart smile!

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