I’m a big fan of play dresses for my girls, paired with leggings or shorts underneath. Comfy and forgiving enough for them to run around and tumble in (or tackle and wrestle each other lately), yet still girly but not in a super frilly way. I don’t do frilly.
So, I skipped a couple of other to-dos on my KCWC list to be sure I got these fun little play dresses done, using (yet again) the Flashback Skinny Tee with puff sleeves for the empire bodice and a gathered skirt a la LBG Studio’s Comfy Knit Dress (minus the pockets). Other inspiration came from these Hanna Andersson dresses I saw in their catalog a couple weeks ago, and some super-cute striped leggings I picked up at Old Navy on sale for about $5 a piece.
Hanna Andersson Way to Play dress
Hanna Andersson Ruffle Craft Slipover Dress
This time around, I opted to hem the full sleeves rather than an elastic casing, and kept the dress length on the longer side too, as my munchkins seem to keep stretching before my very eyes. I snagged a few XL and XXL men’s t-shirts on sale at Target awhile back and chopped those up to create these little beauties. A fine repurpose of some super-soft knits, if I do say so myself. Now if only the weather out here in SoCal would cooperate for long sleeves…
Second verse, same as the first! I knocked out another Flashback Skinny Tee with gathered puff sleeves on Day 4, this time in the fun Michael Miller black and white polka dot knit that I have used over and over again for various projects. I adore this knit – not too thin, not too heavy, very versatile.
I also threw together a quick knit skirt, using the bottom of a soft grey and white dot hoodie t-shirt that I picked up while thrifting several months back. Wide elastic as the waistband, per inspiration here. It may be a little on the long side for the girls, so I may chop the hem and leave the raw edge for a nice flounce. This has C written all over it, so of course this skirt will need a partner soon for little Miss M.
While I didn’t get to it during the Spring KCWC earlier this year, I acquainted myself with Rae’s Flashback Skinny T-shirt pattern over the summer for a couple of pajama tops for M and C. Very quick sew, doesn’t require much fabric and a great way to use up all of my old stretchy fitted t-shirts piling up in the repurpose bin. Then last week I saw this post by Rae about doing a fuller, gathered sleeve and a different approach to the neckline, which makes for a much girlier little top. I’d been hoarding an old Gap super-soft navy and white striped long sleeve tee for the perfect project and once I saw Rae’s top I knew that M would look adorable in this – she’s definitely a navy blue kind of girl.
The neckline could use a bit more gathering but I think it still works. I opted for the 3/4 length sleeve and sewed a small casing for 1/4″ elastic around the bottom of the sleeve. Day 4 this week will include the same top for C but in a different fabric. While I’ve never dressed my girls exactly alike, I’m a big fan of complimentary outfits – same style, different fabrics – because quite frankly it makes dressing them each day so much easier for me. Not matchy-matchy, but still looking like they “go” together.
This week marks my second time participating in Elsie Marley’s Kids Clothes Week Challenge, and yet again I started off with lots of ideas but very little planning ahead of time. But I’ve made a little progress so far, and feeling better about expanding the girls’ wardrobe for the somewhat chilly weather that has finally made an appearance here in SoCal. The KCWC community Pinterest board and Flickr pool have also been a huge help in the motivation department.
Results from days 1 and 2: flat-front corduroy pants (MADE’s Kids Pants pattern) with gathered back pockets (from Oliver + S Puppet Show Shorts), inspired by this guest post on Elsie Marley last week. I took one look at those adorable cords and knew that M and C needed some for fall. And the fact that the MADE pattern is ever-so-slightly flared at the bottom – LOVE it. I want to make these pants over and over again because they are so darn easy. These pants also marked my first attempt at adjustable waistbands. I can hardly get my girls to stand still to be measured for clothes (or try things on for that matter) so I do believe that buttonhole elastic is my new best friend for getting the best possible fit for two little girls with very different body types. And they love these pants. Success!