Monday, September 6, 2010

No Pattern Outfit!!

Okay...while there are many, many bloggers out there that are quite adept at creating their own patterns, this is new territory for me. I am soo super excited about how this outfit turned out! I created a two layer top and ruffle pants without a pattern!!

Two Tier Halter & Ruffle Pants

First, I have to say that the fabric for the top was from my mom's stash (I am not even sure it classifies as a stash anymore since it takes up an entire room) and I was not overly fond of the material. I had the idea for the top in my head for a while and decided this would be good practice material. I also just happened to have the magenta fabric on hand from a plan never executed several years ago. I am actually pretty happy with the end result...even with the less than desirable (or so I thought) fabric choices.

Back of outfit

Quite a while back, I had saw this post from The Sewing Dork for a tie back halter she created. I decided to go in a different direction with my halter (if you can call it that), but I really like the loops that were used at the back of her halter to tie the top on. I have seen other ideas where button holes are used in the middle of the back of the top/halter...but I like the idea of the straps each having their own home! :) You probably are not able to see this on my "model" but I like to criss-cross the straps before looping.

Strap Loops

I created my pattern for the bodice by using a tank top that I knew had a generous fit on my daughter and then folded the shoulders down and the tummy up. I basically traced what was left. I added some interfacing to the bodice and also added the loops and straps (the straps are really too long...but I will tweak that when I make another). Once done, I added a couple of layers of ruffles. The top ended up being long enough that my daughter has worn this once as a dress. It will also be nice as the weather gets cooler to pair it with the ruffle pants.

Two Tiered Top

Back of Two Tiered Top

For the pants, I again took a pair of pants that fit my daughter and traced the pants and then added a ruffle at the bottom. The pants are a bit snug around the bum for my there is some tweaking for the next pair I make. For me, making pants without a pattern was daunting for me in concept...but they were SUPER easy to make. My daughter is a shortie (she comes from a long line of them) and so pants are always a struggle for the right length. I am excited that we have more options now!!

Ruffle Pants

Obviously, neither of these "designs" are my original ideas...I have used pieces here and there of what I have seen others make and created how I wanted to put it together. I have thought about putting together a tutorial for my version of these "patterns"...but we will have to see!

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  1. Totally adorable and so creative! I'm happy to be your newest follower of your delightful blog and I'd love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! I'd also like to invite you to link up at my weekly Fabulous Friday Finds party! Hope to see you there!
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  2. Good for you! I think it turned out great, and practice just makes you ready to try the next step. My sewing advice is always to jump in and do it. Happy Friday!

  3. I am just dropping by Tatertots and Jello and just wanted to tell you the whole outfit turned out really cute! I love the bow in back. I have a little girl as well that I'd love to make one of these for.

  4. I'm over from Tatertots and Jello. I do the same thing making clothes from no pattern. I love the way yours turned out and I hate trying to make button holes, so the loops are the perfect solution. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is so, soo CUTE! I love those little flared pants. She is so pretty and kinda psychadelic! :)

    I found this through Tatertots and Jello. If you have a free moment, I'd love you to post this on Not "Baaad" Sundays with LambAround.

  6. Very Cute! You will be searing off patterns in no time!
    Thanks for linking up With Making It With Allie!
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