I wanted to make the Mont Blanc skirt with suspenders from the moment I first saw it on Instagram, even before the pattern was released.
I love the classic look of both the skirt with suspenders as well as the option with the bib. And I knew Iris would love it, too, because she wears her Schoolhouse Pinafore all of the time. It's one of her favorites.
The only thing holding me back was that the pattern is written for knits and I don't have many options for knits locally. I order almost all of my knits online but this time I was looking for a specific weight and texture that I felt would be hard to nail down online. Sometimes you need to hold the fabric in your hands, you know?
One day, I was at JoAnns and found this wool blend fabric and I instantly thought of this pattern. The fabric is intended for a blazer or a substantial wool jacket - this stuff is thick. And the truth is, it was too thick for this pattern.
I broke three needles sewing the skirt and actually ended up handsewing a good deal of it. But I was not going to give up because, dang it, I really love this pattern!
Because the fabric doesn't have any stretch to it, the suspenders did not want to stay up. They kept falling off of her shoulders.
I think I'm probably going to have to remove the suspenders and leave
this one as just a skirt. :( Which is unfortunate because I think the
suspenders are so adorable on her and she loves them, too.
Do you guys have any ideas on how I could make the suspenders work?
I tried shortening them and also sewing them closer together on the back but neither of those things helped. If I had used a lighter weight fabric, I could have
inserted a piece of elastic into the strap before sewing it on. I think
that would've helped them stay put. But I think this pattern
is probably best suited for knits. It was written for knits.
I added a lot of width to both the skirt and the waistband, so it would
work with this fabric. And I do feel the fabric worked well with the
Iris reminds me of a little girl in a Norman Rockwell painting in the photo above. Her expression! :D
She likes to get dirty, her hair is often a mess from playing so hard and she always has a smile on her face.