As my children get older, I find myself spending more time looking at current trends in ready to wear clothing. My oldest is nearly 8, and is developing her own style and along with it a strong opinion on what she wears! Some outfits are immediately shunned, and passed down to younger sister who wears the same size, but cares much less. This outfit, however, was a immediate success!
The shirt is my own pattern: the Simply Summer Racerback Tank. You can find it in my Etsy shop, for only $6.50. This pattern is already a slim fit, but my daughter is very petite, so I cut a size 5 with the length of size 7.
To take it from a simple tank to a trendy top, I added 3 ruffles made out of nylon chiffon tricot for the front. You can find a full tutorial on how to do the ruffles here. The front and binding of the tank are nylon lycra activewear fabric, and the back is a pretty pink cotton lycra.
I went back to an old favourite for the pants: Summer Pull on Pants from Ottobre 3/2013 #22. I’ve made several pairs of these, and love how they fit and go together. I used a size 110 width with about 4″ of added length. They have a bit of room to grow, and she can wear them cuffed for now. Despite their jean like styling, these are actually elastic waisted pants, which my daughter still prefers.
Of course, what makes these pants, is the incredible silver denim. I’ve had it in my stash for quite a while, and have to admit I was worried it was a bit over the top. But, when my daughter saw it, she couldn’t stop saying “this is just so cool, mom!”, that I think it will be ok! I suspect some of the silver may fade over time with wash and wear. It has great stretch, is nice and soft, and the reverse side is a solid black.
She’ll have to wear the tank over a white tee, or under a shrug for school, but I’m so glad that this mama is still can sew ‘cool’ clothes!