Hi folks, how goes your Kid’s Clothes Week sewing? I confess that, although this season’s theme of Storybook is amazing, I hadn’t put too much thought into what I would sew this week (aside from C’s Halloween costume, which I’ll be showing in a day or two). I only had one piece of clothing in mind, based on some awesome fabric in the stash and inspired by one of C’s favorite books as of late. I pulled the fabric out a few nights ago only to realize that it was a much smaller piece than I had remembered, and my plan crashed and burned. Oops.
Moving on, I decided to come up with just one other idea, hopefully working entirely from my stash. We recently received the book The Snowy Day (by Ezra Jack Keats) as a gift from friends and I remembered having it as a child. I had enjoyed looking through the pictures lately, especially drawn to the little boy’s super cute snow outfit. I was interested in trying something else, though. The various colors of buildings in the illustrations made me think of color-blocking and I decided to come up with an interesting color combo that I wouldn’t usually use. I quickly settled on the Ice Cream dress pattern, another Oliver + S pattern that had recently found its way into my home. Originally I wanted to sew the tiered version of the dress using four different colors, but I wasn’t able to find a four-color combo that I really liked from my stash. Instead I stuck with the regular dress version and decided to aim for three colors.
I especially liked this page with the boy in a pink bathtub atop a many-colored (tile?) floor. The dark green reminded me of some Essex yarn-dyed linen (in olive? or maybe jungle? not sure) I’ve had for a while. Next I added in a pinkish color (not as bright as in the book) with some shot cotton that I used for a Wiksten tova. Finally I added a little touch of a lighter green to the pockets, using some more shot cotton.
I typically would not have come up with this color combination, especially since I think I tend to stick with one to two colors or patterns. I’m really happy with how it turned out though, and glad I explored my ideas. I don’t think I need to comment on the pattern since everybody knows all about Oliver + S patterns. I sewed a 3T with 2T length to ensure it would fit over a t-shirt this winter and still fit next summer–I suspect it’s going to fit for a couple years :-)