The “Three, Three, Three Trends in One!” Ensemble

The "Three, Three, Three Trends in One!" Ensemble

Can you spot all three trends??

Pattern mixing? Check!

Cropped top?? Check!!

Bold prints??? CHECK!!!

Little ole me is all trendy!! The Sew Weekly works another miracle, lol!

The "Three, Three, Three Trends in One!" Ensemble

The Facts | On Trend Sewing Challenge
Fabric | Printed stretch cotton sateen scraps (this is the last of it, I swear!) $8 for 2 yards that I’ve used every inch of! Origami Crane print cotton $4 a yard. (Both from, of course)
Patterns | Simplicity 2693 for the top. I cut it off at the full slip line and eliminated the center back piece. I started out making Tilly’s Picnic Blanket Skirt, but went off program once I realized I didn’t want to make buttons.
Year | The slip pattern is from the 1940s.
Notions | Elastic and a metal zip (from the grandma stash). Boy, can you feel those teeth! I still need to add a button to the side.
Time to complete | 2 or 3 hours?? The tip was a bit fiddly, but really simple. And I made the skirt harder than it needed to be because, apparently, the easier something should be the harder time I have with it.
First worn | Out and about with my oldest. Running party errands (her graduation party is Saturday) and grocery shopping.
Wear again? | Yes, definitely. I felt a bit shy without my sweater on, but I really like the way it looks in pictures so I think I’ll be a bit bolder next time around.
Total price | About $5. The elastic was free, I have a TON of it that my sister gave me.

The "Three, Three, Three Trends in One!" Ensemble

I am so psyched that this top worked out!! The instructions are missing from the pattern, so I cut two of each piece, sewed the middle front seams and then sewed both pieces together and turned them right side out. If I had attached the straps differently, it would be reversible. I opted to put elastic sections as the closure because I didn’t have a short separating zipper. It requires a bit of contortion to get into, but it’s comfy once on.

The "Three, Three, Three Trends in One!" Ensemble

The "Three, Three, Three Trends in One!" Ensemble

I made that little elastic belt on Saturday. The dress I was wearing needed a little something. It slips right over, just like an elastic waist in a skirt, but the next one will open and shut like a traditional belt. The skirt was to be a Tilly skirt, as I said above, but I wasn’t feeling buttonholes and such, so I shifted gears. I wish I had made this one big piece so I could zip it up the back, rather than on the side, but it’s cool like it is.

The "Three, Three, Three Trends in One!" Ensemble

My eleven year-old took all of these pics for me! Didn’t she do a great job?!?! She wants to be a fashion designer, so I told her this is good practice ;o) She’s also an artist, so she thought this graffiti (one of MANY spots in our hood) was very cool. She chose which sections to take pics in front of.

The "Three, Three, Three Trends in One!" Ensemble

You can check out the rest of her photos here. She wants to start her own blog, but I’m so nervous about photos of her being stolen or something worse. Do any of you have child bloggers in the family? What are your thoughts either way?


15 thoughts on “The “Three, Three, Three Trends in One!” Ensemble

  1. So freakin’ hot! You are rockin’ the cropped top so wear it proudly. I love this ensemble and your girl took great photos. I really have nothing to contribute to the child blogger issue but if you do decide that privacy is an issue, she could consider a locked blog – something with a password that she could give to real-life-friends and family.

  2. Love this outfit, and the pics are great! I’ve never really considered wearing a crop top, but this looks so cute on you that I’m tempted! The pattern mixing is cool, too!

    • Thank you, Ginger!! I’ve always loved cropped tops, but stopped wearing them because I have a scar (from my hernia surgery) right over my belly button. This high waist skirt trend is making it possible to bare the gut again, lol!

  3. Hey! Been working a lot and just saw this post. First of all, really cute outfit! Love the graffiti background, too. What a colorful ‘hood you live in! Secondly, about the kid blogging: I tend toward hyper-caution, but as a parent I’d keep anything like that private, for family, as mentioned before. It’s cool that your daughter is ready to author and own such a fun form of self-expression, but I stopped posting pics of my child on my own blog and would be hesitant for him to post pics of himself online if he wanted to.

    • Thanks for the outfit and picture love!!
      I’m a super cautious parent, too. You must have noticed that I don’t show their faces/full faces here on the blog. I’ve been really brainstorming with all of the different feedback I’ve gotten. I think private blog and/or flickr account is the way we’re going to go.

  4. Yikes, I love this! Such a cool combination of prints and the silhouette is gorgeous. I’ve been a little cautious about trying out any kind of cropped top but I love how the higher-waist skirt looks with it.

    I also wanted to share my condolences on your grandfather. You wrote such a beautiful post about him. I know how it feels when your grandparent (my grams) becomes like a parent to you when you need one–so much to grieve. Hugs!

    • Thanks, Amy!!! I am in love with this combo right now. I hope to fit in a few more pieces like this before the summer’s over.

      Thanks for your kind words about my Popie. He was as much my father as he was my grandfather. I miss him everyday.

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