This might be my favorite thing I’ve ever sewn.
I know. That’s a lofty statement.
But you know when you have something in your mind, that you think is going to work, but you’re not really sure that it will…and then it turns out just as you had hoped???
That my friends is this little citrus outfit.
I started with the Citrus Sunrise fabric from my Fiesta Fun fabric collection….which might also be my favorite print in the mix. This outfit was destined for my love.
(read more about my inspiration for this print here.)
Then I used the Anywhere Skirt Pattern and the First Day Dress Pattern to create one look. And I love it. It fits her so well and …it just makes me happy. I might try this in my size too.
I made a few tweaks to each pattern, which means you’ll be getting tutorials in the near future! I’ve already started one for the skirt placket. And when that’s done, I’ll start a tutorial for this top.
In the mean time, here are the basics:
• I really wanted the shirt to be a crop top, so that the chunkiness of the skirt waistband would show (without showing her tummy). So I used the A-Line Top from the pattern, and chopped many inches off. It seemed extreme, but I was amazed at how short it needed to be! And what I did not realize at first, is that the front needed to be longer than the back. Haah. Guess I hadn’t accounted for little baby belly. Making it an extra inch longer in the FRONT helped it looked even all the way around, when worn.
• Then, rather than cutting a slit in the back neckline, I made the back into two separate pieces—adding an inch or so of extra fabric for an overlapping placket. Cause really, I just wanted to use those chunky wooden buttons. I think the bright colors of this collection go so well with neutrals and wooden accents.
For the Skirt:
I added a new design twist to the Anywhere Skirt—a small back placket! This is a game changer. And I did the same thing on my yellow gingham skirt from our Christmas cards too. Since I had done a long line of buttons on the shirt, it felt excessive to have tons of buttons on the skirt as well. So this was the perfect way to create a full gathered look, without a placket in the front.
In fact—speaking of full—I used fabric FOUR times her waist size, which is my favorite way to do it these days. It’s more layers to sew through (especially since I added a lining layer) but it gets a great gathered look.
Of course my favorite part of sewing, is that I get to take pics of everything afterward.
Honestly, I sew so I can photograph.
And get beautiful faces like these:
Clara is such a stinking goofball. I mean, even when I tell her to look straight, she gives me the side eyeball. Clara! But then we also capture moments like this:
Love that little girl.
AND…(this is becoming long)….I love seeing what you guys are making and sharing too!
LOOK at this photo. Ahhh! That baby! That romper!
(photo by Jeremagz; romper by Hello Ollie Shop)
And this women’s look from the Fiesta Fun look book (by Art Gallery Fabrics):
So much citrus love.
I’m gonna go eat an orange.
If you have things to share, tag them to #fiestafunfabrics and #citrussunrisefabric
Have a great weekend my friends!
She looks like a mini Lucy!!!
I love all of it. Will you have downloadable patterns available or just the tutorials?
I will be sharing tutorials on the blog when they’re ready:
* how to adapt the Shirt/Top with buttons down the back
* how to add the back button placket on the skirt
The two patterns this outfit was based on are currently available in my shop:
The Anywhere Skirt
The First Day Dress
I can hardly stand how cute this is!! I LOVE IT!!! Can’t wait to make it for my granddaughter. So psyched to await the tweaked pattern tutorials! You continue to rock, Dana! I heart this outfit!!
Haha. Thanks Penny!! You always have such fun and encouraging things to say. I love it 🙂
Dana, this is pure perfection! These patterns and this fabric: a match made in heaven. I can imagine you’re só happy with the result! And let’s not forget the beauty who is modelling it, sweet and cute little Clara and the excellent photograph who took these great pictures.
Awww thank you Kitty! Clara is definitely a fun personality to photograph 🙂
I actually made a two piece outfit very much like this for myself wayyyyy back in my junior or senior year of high school! The fabric was in the bottom of my Momma’s stash box and I begged her to let me use it for an outfit! It was turquoise with enormous multi-colored polka-dots! Oh how I loved that outfit!!
No way!! That is so awesome! I wish you still had it!
I had a very high waisted skirt in black/white gingham and a matching crop like this in middle school…and lovvvvvved wearing it too. I guess that was in the back of my head with this outfit as well 🙂
That is so so so cute!
SEW CUTE! Thank you for sharing !
Wow! Love that last picture of Clara. So beautiful!
So cute! I love those buttons down the back.
Great adaptations! Nothing like a twirly skirt whether it’s summer or winter :).
Absolutely precious outfit and design! Beautiful detailing!
This is such a cute set 😮
Very nice dress…i love it Dana…how to get the pattern for this dress?
I love watching your video on u tube…fun sewing with u…
The outfit is from two of my patterns:
The Anywhere Skirt:
and The First Day Dress:
I altered both patterns a bit to get this look, and plan on sharing tutorials down the road.
But that’s where you can get started!
Darn!! This is so sweet and adorable…I will have to wait until you post these tutorials…these are so lovely for the spring and summer…I want to get started now but I think I will need your directions to do a good job! Love your designs!
Aww. Thank you Corie!
I’ll keep plugging away at the tutorials. Everything always takes longer than I think it’s going to 🙂
I love love LOVE this outfit hope to be able to find the time to make it for my girls!
Just letting you know that the link at the top of your homepage that shows a picture of this post and should bring you to this page sends you instead to the wheat grass post – which is also awesome, just different 😉
Thanks for a great blog!