Given that it is so hot here, I decided to make the shirt in this voile. It's lightweight and cool (literally) :) and makes the top wearable both now and when the weather's cooler.
The voile is quite sheer, so I lined the top with this cotton lawn. I left the sleeves unlined. I loved using this lawn as a lining - it's so luxurious and buttery.
I decided to add some color blocking to the sides using this solid in honey.
I cut the sleeves in a size 10, but Indigo is so long-limbed that they were just the right length unhemmed and would have been too short if I had hemmed them. So I adapted the sleeves to make them 3/4 length.
Otherwise, I sewed this in the size 6 width and size 8 length, which seemed to be just right for her.
I had originally envisioned turning the shirt into a dress. I made two muslins to test it out: one a-line dress and another version in the original shirt shape with added length. I actually cut and sewed this as the latter, but ultimately decided I liked it best as a shirt after all.
If I hadn't taken the long way, this would have been a very fast sew. Unlined, you could probably sew it in about an hour.
Even though the construction is simple, the results are so professional. I found myself wishing I had a shirt like this one. You know, if I wasn't nine months pregnant. I'm wearing alllllll knits these days.
I chose some mustardy gold buttons, which I had saved after this misadventure.
I love the detail of the sleeve tab. Some of my favorite chambray shirts have this detail as well. It's fun to see the ways in which the style of Indigo and my wardrobes are beginning to overlap.
I'm wondering if I might have enough voile left over to make a mini mini shearwater kaftan for Iris. Wouldn't a toddler wearing sleeve tabs be irresistibly cute? It makes me smile just thinking of it.
I don't want to jinx anything, but Iris has finally been sleeping through the night in her own bed. She falls asleep in our bed and then Dan moves her into her own bed. Last night, Dan and I were falling asleep and he was piled under a bunch of blankets, including this one that I got him for Christmas. He says it makes him feel like a caveman... but in the best way. ;) The tables are now turned and with my own personal furnace on board, I can't seem to ever cool off, even when everyone else has goosebumps. Iris used to cuddle with Dan all night long and it's only been about a week that she's stayed put in her bed. Dan peeked out from under his mountain of covers and said, "I have to admit, I miss her! Do you think I should go get her?" But we both knew we needed to let her sleep. And she did!