We’ve been enjoying a beautiful Fall this year! The temperatures have been moderate and the colors great. This means we’ve really been able to enjoy dressing and sewing for Fall. Some years we have to skip right from short sleeves to parkas. This year there is time to enjoy cute hats and ruffle pants before the snow falls.
Today we’re happily participating in GreenStyle’s patterns Focus on Fall tour. I made both the Anna Lap Dress and Willow Ruffle pants out of knit provided by Riley Blake. This was my first time sewing with Riley Blake fabric, and I was really happy when it arrived. The fabric is soft and the color is nice. It has a nice stretch and weight. I think that is the trickiest part of buying a knit online- these did not disappoint.
Admission- we don’t do a lot of ruffle pants around here. I think this may vary by region, but we have a short window in which I don’t have to jam these into boots without worrying about them soaking up a ton of water on our way between buildings.
But- she really loves them. So we do usually have at least one pair of ruffle pants in the drawer at any given time. Previously I’ve made them in more of a fitted legging. This pattern has a wider leg, a little more of a yoga pant. I like the feel for Fall!
The pants allow for length adjustment when you place the bottom ruffle, which is nice for my tall kid. The tunic is cozy and play ready. Easy for her to take on and off. And big thumbs up for a LONG sleeve option!
I upsized her into an extra small to get extra wear time, so I overlapped my shoulders a little further to get the best fit at her neck. The striped knit and pink are Riley Blake. I used a navy blue from my stash for the neck band.
A perfect outfit for running and jumping in the leaves! I also sewed up the Page Boy hat. I used a heart denim from my stash. It was the last piece I sewed because hats always cause me a little anxiety.
It went together SO FAST. I’m really pleased with the fit and style. It’s finished beautifully inside and out. The end result will earn you, “You MADE that!” comments.
Watch your bands if you have a directional print, this is one of those times you could easily end up with an upside down print if you aren’t watching. I think this would be a great pattern to start with if you haven’t made a hat before. As a bonus the size range is really large- I’m going to make one for me!
Thank you Greenstyle and Riley Blake for including us! This look will be a well-worn favorite in the months to come!