A few weeks ago I had a few projects in mind, but not enough time to complete a new garment for each. Since I can’t stand to miss out on anything, I decided to make something that would satisfy the criteria of all three projects. Kill three birds with one stone, if you will. I don’t kill real birds, just hypothetical birds. And I’m actually pretty sure that hypothetical isn’t the word I want to use, but I kind of don’t care. #sorrynotsorry. On to the Beetlejuice inspired kidswear, shall we?
Pattern: [remixed] Aster Cardigan
Size: Funny story: I made a 4T because I knew that was the largest size I wanted to sell (and then I just cut down the pattern for the smaller sizes) and it actually doesn’t look too bad on E, who should really be wearing the 2T size. And that’s how I learned that the cropped style of the Aster means that if you size up a couple sizes then your kid can wear it for YEARS.
Fabric: black/cream striped Ponte knit with ITY knit bow + neckline facing
SO, I made this FANTASTIC (if I do say so myself) slight flip of the Aster Cardigan pattern by LBG Studios for Willow & Co. And the three projects it satisfied? The Willow & Co back to school sewing contest (spoiler: I didn’t win), my first Project Run & Play sewalong participation (which is what this post will focus on), and a new item for the Glitter+Wit shop (ready-to-ship in sizes 18m-4T here).
The first week’s theme for this season of PRAP is 80’s-Cartoon Inspired Looks. I don’t remember much about the 80’s (because I’m so young. Yes I am rubbing it in–while I still can!). I remember watching Darkwing Duck as a very young child… Anyway, I did a quick search and found some 80’s cartoon roundups, spotted Beetlejuice, and didn’t look back. I am kind of bummed that I didn’t get around to making some striped pants to go with the cardigan. And I’m also bummed that it rained ALL DAY today and I couldn’t get a more Beetlejuice-y photoshoot together for this post. Whatever. At least her hair looks kind of like Lydia’s. And she’s also got the pasty white skin working for her, too!
I originally uploaded these photos to Flickr. Since I’m feeling especially lazy tonight, here’s [some of] what I wrote about this cardigan with my original uploads.
The fabric is a lovely Ponte knit, with an ITY knit bow and neckline finish. I omitted the collar and instead rolled my neck facing out just a bit to show off the tiny stripes. The bow is actually the closure! I stitched the center of the (untied) bow to the left garment placket and made a big buttonhole in the right placket. The untied bow ends are both threaded through the buttonhole and then tied into a bow (the knot/bow become the “button” and keep the cardi front closed). I paired the bow-button Aster with a floral tank I made during Kids Clothes Week Spring 2013, and a skirt I made long before I ever had kids. The skirt was refashioned from some of my old clothing.
And this is the part where the post ends abruptly because… blog, I’m just not that into you.