Monday, July 3, 2017

Seersucker Polina Dress & Sunny Day Shorts

We are spending the long weekend as the founding father's intended, road tripping to a family reunion. I feel duty bound by a time sensitive color scheme to get these outfits documented before the last charred sparkler sticks cool. This is the Polina Dress from Coffee & Thread, and the Free! Sunny Day Shorts from Oliver + S.
In the evolution of gratuitous holiday sewing ideas, the dress came first. The moment I saw Rachel's beautiful chambray dot Polina I bought the pattern. It's not the first pattern I've purchased under her influence, and I'm sure I'm not alone! I was envisioning a patriotic twirly skirt worthy of L's now discontinued Molly doll. When the skirt gets moving it could steal the show from any PA legal bottle rocket.

In the spirit of embarrassing both children equally (a principe on which this great nation was founded), I picked up a slightly thicker stripe in the same seersucker color way to make J some summer shorts. Now we have star spangled matchy matchy outfits to dazzle at picnics, unless they fall victim to a cherry popsicle along the way.
I sized up on L's measurements to be certain she had some room to grow. Otherwise, I didn't change a thing. Even the hem length is exactly as the pattern specifies. The main fabric is Robert Kaufman Classic Seersucker from Fabric.com*. I used light weight chambray for the underside of the ruffles. It's whisky light and doesn't compete with the seersucker. I also used it to bias bind the neck, armholes, and hem (the easiest way to hem a circle skirt). 
These are the Sunny Day Shorts from Oliver + S made with Robert Kaufman Breakers Seersucker from Fabric.com*. I added length, as shown in my own tutorial from a few years ago, and Pockets as shown in the Skirt as Top tutorial. For the front and back pocket I mismatched the stripes to add some detail. This is a great versatile pattern that I'm sorry J has nearly outgrown. I made him the biggest size, and he's got precious little room to grow. This may be his last pair of Sunny Day Shorts!

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Details
Dress Pattern: Polina Dress from Coffee & Thread
Dress Fabric: Classic Seersucker from Fabric.com*
Shorts Pattern: Sunny Day Shorts from Oliver + S
Shorts Fabric: Breakers Seersucker from Fabric.com*
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*Fabric.com links are affiliate links. I purchased this fabric.






6 comments:

  1. Such great outfits! Perfect for the holiday but not too specific that they can't be worn other times. Loved reading your post!

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    1. Thanks Olga! The ruffles and the circle skirt are fun to sew and fun to wear!

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  2. Gorgeous outfits! I love reading your posts -- your writing is so compelling and always makes me laugh. ��

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    1. Thanks Theresa! Sometimes it hard to come up with anything worth reading about another dress! :)

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  3. Love an opportunity to embarrass the kids! But really, these clothes aren't so spangled banner that they couldn't be worn next week as well. How quick do these kids grow, it's astonishing.

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    1. It is astonishing! When I downloaded the shorts pattern a few years ago I thought I'd be making it FOREVER! They have been wearing them more than just the holiday. L can't resist the circle skirt!

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