Here is the 2-piece outfit. Simple dress from a New Look pattern. The dress is a cotton T-shirt knit with pink flowers, lemons and oranges. The jacket is a T-shirt rib knit.
I used bias trim on the dress neckline and then made bias strips of the print fabric to bind the jacket edges.
The flower is the selvedge gathered into a flower with a fabric covered button. For the jacket I used a the front and back pattern pieces for a shirt in a vintage baby pattern, mostly to get the sleeve opening right. I know there are zillions of cute baby clothes to buy at stores from Target to Saks, but it is fun to whip up something handmade.
However - fabric shopping for childrens' clothing in a hurry - not so easy. This was the only cute t-shirt knit fabric at the local Joann's store. I always vow never to return but of course need something quickly like a zipper or thread. But really - their selection is so limited.
On the fabric front - I just ordered a few things including a blue silk charmeuse to use for the shirt I am planning, as well as some black denim and olive corduroy for skirts and a couple of jersey knits. Yesterday I started playing around with the sloper from the Pattern Magic book, as I really want to try the twist top for starters.
Now can I vent about Project Runway? I alway watch every episode of that show but I think this year I am not feeling the love for any of the participants so I am not wild about them or the show. The challenges have been so strange. Clothes for guys in a band? Really? Although the judges have had some hilarious comments this season, thank you Mr. Kors. The finale . . . of course I will watch but not exactly inspiring. On to Project Runway All-Stars in 2012, hope that is more entertaining.