I have been so busy around here I can hardly see straight. I have four new sewing patterns that are under going pattern testing right now getting ready to release next month. It's very fun and exciting; however, it puts sewing for my own kids on the back burner for the time being.....or so it should.
I have had this giraffe fabric for about a month now. I ordered it for Miss Matilda since giraffes are her favorite animal. She was so thrilled when it arrived and has been wanting an outfit made out of it ever since she saw it. So, as I've been busily working on my new patterns, this fabric has been starring at me just begging to be made into something for my little lady.
So a couple days ago, I couldn't take it anymore......I just had to make this outfit for Matilda. Do you ever get an idea in your head that you just have to do right then and there? Well, that's where I was......I knew I would be thinking about Matilda's giraffe outfit forever until it was made. So I took a break from my patterns and whipped up this little outfit for Miss M in an afternoon. And I'm so glad I did.....she loves it!
The top is very simple. It's just a t-shirt cut off with fabric added to the bottom. I picked up a bunch of shirts on clearance last year for $2.00 each that have just been waiting for me to embellish them. I decided to use some knit and woven cotton for this outfit. My girls are all about comfort these days so I can see myself incorporating more knits into my sewing as they get older.
The skirt on the top was made from a woven quilting cotton, 'Giraffe Love' by Michael Miller fabrics. I made a ruffle around the bottom hem out of orange stretch knit (Heaven and Helsinki by Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabrics) and added woven ribbon trim on top (from Renaissance Ribbons).
The great thing about knit is that it doesn't fray, so you can skip finishing the edges if you are going for a more casual look. I used the Go-To Leggings Pattern with my own ruffle legging tutorial found here. And I also added a yoga waistband because I thought that would be more comfortable. Again, the knit fabric I used has a good amount of stretch to it and is 'Heaven and Helsinki' by Patty Young for Michael Miller Fabrics.
I'm really loving this outfit. It's perfect for play, but still cute and unique. And the most important thing is that Matilda loves it!
And I'll leave you with a picture of my little giraffe lover.
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