My 11 year old M wants to be a fashion designer when she grows up. I'm pretty sure that was one of my prospective career choices when I was that age too. She watches Project Runway and spends lots of time sketching outfit ideas.
I'd been excited to sew along with Project Run and Play this season, but it gets tricky with a "tween". I can't make whatever I envision and expect her to actually wear it. Also, she no longer wears dresses. She wore a skirt at Christmas time, but that was rare. This week it occurred to me that we can become a designing team. She can design and I can make it happen!
I explained the idea to her and she thought it was great! I told her about the first theme, "Winter Wonderland", and she was excited. She had been working on designs based on the movie Frozen, which she saw with her grandma before Christmas.
She was designing with Elsa for inspiration. She showed me two designs. The first was a dress. It was cute but we both knew she wouldn't wear it. The second one was just right.
From her sketch I decided I could use stash fabric and patterns for this look! I had some white stretch panne velvet left over from her Sailor Mercury costume two years ago (what else am I going to use it for!?!). I had to make the cuffs very large as I didn't have enough fabric to cut them whole. I also pieced the leggings because M had her heart set on that exact shade of blue and I oly had a small piece. I had used the Sewaholic Renfrew pattern before for her in a size zero, and it was the perfect choice for the top. I traced the leggings from a pair she has already.
M wanted a snowflake on the shirt. I thought about stitching with thread and beads, but as I was doing a major clean out of my craft room I found this:
My mom had given it to M and I a while ago and it was the perfect thing! I had to be very careful not to melt the fabric! It was fun to try and M loved the effect. It really lends to the "icy" effect of the shirt.
The last detail to the outfit was my idea. I crocheted this cowl from hand dyed wool yarn. I was in a hurry so it ended up with a accidental double twist to it, which I love now!
M loves her new outfit, and was excited to see her design come to life. I had a great time working with her as a team and coming up with an outfit she loves and will wear!
Patterns- Sewaholic Renfrew
Fabric- blue knit and white stretch panne velvet from deep stash
Repeatability- definitely the Renfrew