It’s my turn for the blog tour! (yep double dose this week) So when we were planning, and designing the Fall collection we not only thought of back to school, but we decided it would both be fun and challenging (in a good way) to create unisex designs. Not boring unisex designs, but designs that look cool for both boys and girls. Let me tell you having already made a collection for Jude, I made one for Abbey, and seriously I love it just as much!
I wanted Abbey’s collection to scream fall, which is where the color pallet came from. Is there anything better than orange and yellow, and pink (of course there is pink or Abbey won’t wear it) Lucky for me our fantastic sponsors for the collection had some of the most amazing fabric selections known to man. I got this awesome coating fabric from Michael Levine I LOVE the color, the vintage-y feel, and fall look. The study hall jacket is so much fun to customize with tons of options, and classic design. I fell in love with the gold zippers from Coats and Clark (gold people!) It is an awesome pop of detail to the front of the jacket.
To work with the gold I also added some gold bias tape to the shoulder seams. I simply sewed it down in place before sewing the sleeves on. Quick easy and a great little pop that highlights the raglan sleeve.
The jacket flows really well with the rest of the outfit, with bright pops of color perfect for this spunky pre-schooler.
For the BBC vest, I made the “girl” version with the peplum ruffle at the waist. It’s my favorite and maybe I even want one for myself?? That could be the super soft Organic Poplin that I used from Organic Cotton Plus. The plan was to dye the poplin. But the fabric was just so beautiful and soft and buttery, and oh my goodness perfection. So I left it and let the bright optic white pop off the rest of the outfit. The cool toggle is from Michael Levine. It was just too perfect to have that fun color pop on the vest, even though buttons do help the vest lay better, I still love the toggle.
The vest has a racer back, which I am a total sucker for. Racer backs are just love at first sight, and it adds to the feminine flair.
The W pants... where to begin, I LOVE them. They were perfect on Jude, they are perfect on Abbey, the back reverse yoke is a great place to highlight a fun pattern or color. I used a soft and amazing yellow organic twill from Organic Cotton Plus, and for the yoke I used the same floral knit from Girl Charlee Fabrics, that I used for the top. I just used a fusible interfacing to stabilize the knit (keep it from stretching all weird) I also made my first ever zipper welt pocket (way easy it will blow your mind) The pants also include a zip fly, which I may have jumped up and down and high fived my kids when I completed and it was perfection because Melissa is amazing. (period)
Bloggers will be sewing up all 4 pieces from the collection at girl. Inspired., Shwin & Shwin, Sew a Straight Line, elsie marley, Melly Sews, Happy Together, see kate sew, Elegance & Elephants, I Still Love You, kojo designs, Petit a Petit and Family, The Train to Crazy, Delia Creates and Craftiness is Not Optional
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