First, as bit of a prelude, watch the above video...
This flipped creation was designed by my three-and-a-half year old. I told her I was going to be in a contest to "flip" a pattern - specifically, the Roller Skate Dress and Tunic by Oliver + S. Since I already had two Roller Skate dresses in her closet (one well worn, and the other barely worn) I showed her the dresses, and asked her opinion as to what I could make it into.
She requested a cheerleader outfit.
Which brings us to the debate. Julia says she wants to be a cheerleader. Whenever she says that, to anyone in our house, we groan. No offense meant to any past or future cheerleaders, but why would you want to cheer for someone doing a sport - wouldn't you rather do the sport yourself? Yes, I have this philosophical debate quite often with my three-and-a-half year old....
So, I made her both - an outfit to CHEER, and an outfit to PLAY!
Here's the pieces:
For the "Flip" part, I embellished the top with some heavy duty applique work. For anyone who doesn't happen to be a basketball fan, this is the logo of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team. I removed the cap sleeve, added my daughter's favorite sleeve - the flutter sleeve.
I changed the elastic casing to elasticize only the sides, and added ties. For the shorts, I used the Oliver + S Sleepover Pajama bottom pattern piece. I eliminated the waistband, and it turned out to hit my daughter exactly where she likes to wear her shorts; not too high on the waist. For the skirt, I used the Oliver + S 2+2 pattern, and embellished the bottom with grosgrain ribbon. The fabric for the top is Robert Kaufman Kona cotton - the skirt and shorts are a cotton twill.
Basketball button on the back, tattoo on the arm.....ready to Play....or Cheer!!
Thanks so much to Emily and Ashley of the famed duo of Frances Suzanne for inviting me to play along! I seriously appreciate it - and, I had a ton of fun!!