Today I am SO excited to share the outfit I made for the Art Gallery Pandalicious Blog Tour, hosted by Karly of Paisley Roots. The Pandalicious fabrics collection is totally gorgeous and I love every fabric within the collection. You can see the full line here, I am sure you will agree it is amazing.
I chose the Pandalings Pod Shadow in knit for my outfit. I knew my daughter was going to flip out over the pandas and I loved the versatility of the neutral coloring for outfit pairing options.
One of my favorite dresses to make with knit is the Starlight City Dress. I am a huge fan of t-shirt dresses and I love how the unique twist in the back elevates the style factor. I am also sentimental about this particular pattern, as it was the first LLC design that I had purchased and sewn before becoming a tester and eventually part of the team. At the time, the pattern was only available in woven fabrics and we have since added the knit pattern option. I have equal love for both and my daughter always has one (or 5) in rotation.
When I said I knew Joni would love the panda fabric, I was right. I got an open mouthed gasp of delight proceeded by squealing! I am pretty sure I reacted the same way when this fabric came in the mail.
Since this particular print is directional, I segmented the back pattern piece evenly down the center and added seam allowance to each side of the center cut line. I then cut my fabric in the direction I wanted, so that all pandas would be facing in the upward direction when finished.
The back of this dress gets me every time. <3 <3 <3
The next thing I sewed up was the Dollie Mini Crossbody Bag by Swoon Patterns. I seriously can NOT believe this is a free pattern. I have all the heart eyes for this bag and plan on making several more! I lined her new little purse with remnants of the Pandalings Pod Shadow knit. I do not make a lot of bags so I am sure that knit fabrics aren’t the standard for linings but since this was for a 5 year old who will probably collect rocks and flowers in it, I do not think it will matter much. I did however, interface the knit for stability to be on the safe side.
My original idea for the bag was quite different, as I had not stumbled upon this pattern yet. I drove 3 hours, armed with leather remnants and ambition to my Mom’s house to use her industrial machine. Once I got there, I realized that I didn’t actually have a “plan” per-se for the purse I wanted to make. We played around for a bit and had fun but I didn’t make anything but a few simple bags. Mom found some thinner leather hide in her stash and I made the trip home to finish up what I had started.
The thing about me is that I easily get distracted. I found myself online surfing the internet and BOOM. Like fate…the Dollie Bag. So I downloaded and went to work. Only to realize that my sewing machine did NOT want to sew through multiple layers of leather. I played around with leather needle sizes, threads, tension….etc. Finally I got to the point where I could sew through the layers but did have to modify the pattern in order to make the bag out of the leather with my machine. This was not the pattern’s fault, I could have easily done it with a thinner vinyl or super thin leather. It was this particular leather that was slightly thicker that my machine didn’t agree with. I was really stuck on using the leather though because I wanted to reverse the suede side for accent pieces and use the smooth for the main body. I love contrasting textures!
The pattern changes I made was to omit the back pocket and the topstitching around the front where the panels connect. I also added a facing to the inside flap so I could sew the flap WST and leave a little suede side peaking out. All of these changes were because extra thick layers = no bueno for my machine. I may or may not have mentioned driving back to Mom’s house to use her machine to my husband. Which was met with silence. And a stare. haha. So that’s a no….right?
Finally, my favorite thing to make with knit remnants is underwear. I save all my knit scraps (no matter how small) for cuffs, neckbands and lots of UNDIES! I have been using the same briefs pattern from Monkeys Bug since I started potty training Joni and have been making them ever since. She has some store bought pairs but these are the first ones she pulls from her drawer until she runs out and realizes that Mom needs to get caught up on laundry. At which point she tells me I need to make more.
Sew up some undies for your little one, I promise you won’t regret it! I am leaving you with a little Pandalicious tush for motivation!
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