Here at The Inspired Wren chateau we've been discussing a trip to Paris. How timely that the February challenge for Project Run & Play is the Mademoiselle Muscle Tee by Susan from Living with Punks.
As I set out to create this outfit, I had an image of cycling the French countryside with flowers and a baguette in the bike's basket. I also saw a middle-school production of Grease this month, so I may have landed a little more '50s sock-hop -- a wing-tip with laces probably would have fixed that, but we have more use for Converse. Either way, I still love the ensemble; she'll be an adorable little American in Paris.
I sewed up the size 5T Muscle Tee from the challenge without altering the size or the wide width of the neck- and arm-bindings. I created a subtle color-blocking on the tee with narrow side panels of black & white dots breaking up the slub jersey knit and then used a floral black & white for the bindings.
I pulled the coral-y pink color from the stockings of January's look-- the January blue is proving hard to match. I also left the A-line volume on the bottom, as I did in January, in the form of Oliver + S Culottes. I added more black & white and a callback to the houndstooth flannel of January with more houndstooth flannel on the waistband and pocket linings of the culottes.
Finally I created a super drapey and flowy (and, ultimately, probably impractical) long-lined cardigan to cover The Peanut's arms. It's the softest of pinks, in the finest of knits, and I want it for myself. I made it using a Flashback Skinny Tee as the foundation (you should not be at all surprised by that if you read this blog -- clearly my most frequently used pattern), and added a collar based on the Oslo Cardigan I made for myself.
The cardigan currently fits The Peanut the best. The tee and culottes both are loose with room to grow. I'm never a fan of that in pictures for the blog, but I'm definitely a fan of that in real world practicality. [Random anecdote: I once told The Peanut I was going to get a fan for her room, and she replied she wasn't "a fan of fans" -- and then giggled herself into hiccups.]
PatternTee: Mademoiselle Muscle Tee by Susan from Living with Punks, size 5T with modifications
Culottes: Lunchbox Culottes by Oliver + S, size 5T
Cardigan: Self-Drafted (foundation: Flashback Skinny Tee by Rae Hoekstra, size 5T)
FabricTee: Doodles Two-Tone Jersey Slub; Fashion Knit Fabric, Reversible Stripe Black Dot (both, Joann's Fabric); Floral Print upcycled
Culottes: Sew Classic Bottom Weights, Black Solid Twill; Snuggle Flannel, Black Houndstooth (both, Joann's Fabric)
Cardigan: Famous Maker Solid Knit, (Joann's Fabric)
I would have preferred to sew the culottes in a size 4 wide, size 5 long, however Oliver + S breaks its patterns by size and, sadly, that's right where the break falls. I could have purchased the smaller pattern and added length, but clearly I'll get more use out of the larger pattern now.
LoveI like the balance of volume on the bottom and lean lines on the top -- I think it calls back to my PRP January solution nicely. And even though they're typically American, I really love the styling of these B&W Converse paired with these culottes and repeating the B&W from the tee.
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