Several weeks ago, I got an email from Rachael from Imagine Gnats asking if I was available to test her newest pattern, the Alder Skirt.
Of course I was! I had seen pictures of it on Instagram, so I already knew how cute it was.
Since I live on the edge, I let the 4 year old pick the fabric. She chose a very funky cotton from Jenean Morrison's Grand Hotel line:
I had three colors of interlock knit to make a top - I had a light peach, an orange, and yellow. I voted for the peach, my husband voted for the orange, but Julia chose yellow. As it turned out, a good choice!
Alder Skirt - it's a really cute design. The pockets lie slightly away from the skirt which is a detail the kid really likes. There's a flat front, which I prefer, and an elasticized back. Since taking these photos, Julia has worn this outfit 3 times already, so a definite success. As far as the sewing, for some reason, I had to get my head around the pocket construction, but the directions are really clear, so just follow them, and they work perfectly. Once I figured them out, they lined up perfectly when I attached the waistband. I have another cut out from a plain fabric which I'm hoping to make soon, so the details of this adorable skirt will show better. Oh, and the sizing is spot on - this is a size 4, and I actually hemmed it a bit shorter than the pattern called for (which is unusual for me as Julia's on the tall side) because I thought the shorter length went better with the retro vibe of the pattern/fabric combo.
And, the shirt - it's my second Oliver + S School Bus T-Shirt. I added the absolute perfect and simple embroidery design from Urban Threads - really, adding this little touch of embroidery really makes the outfit, in my opinion. Urban Threads is a seriously dangerous site, if you have an embroidery machine....
Thanks much to Rachael for asking me to test!!