After finishing up my own blog tour last week, I'm super excited to let someone else take the reigns. And I'm even more excited that it's Sara from Made by Sara. She came up with the fantastic idea of hosting a tour to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. She's been so amazing to me I couldn't say no (nor did I want to.)
I have wanted to make Curly Sue a romper all summer and so this tour coincided perfectly with the release of Purl Soho's new romper pattern. I had been looking at other patterns and trying to tweak a few designs but couldn't quite find exactly what I envisioned. And then Purl Soho answered all my problems with a FREE pattern. Yippee!
I wanted to make something inspired by Alice but still wearable all summer long by my little lady. I wandered into a random fabric store in NYC that had a wall full of small and large ginghams in every color of the rainbow that reminded of me of the sweet and simple Alice. The first gentleman quoted me $7/yd and $6 if I pay cash (a common practice in NY), but the gentleman who checked me out charged me $5. So friends, you are looking at a $5 romper! (I used my own elastic).
I love the simplicity of this romper. It's an easy pattern with sweet details. The essence of Alice in Wonderland is curiosity and a romper lends itself perfectly to the adventurous spirit of children.
I took Curly Sue and her brother up to Central Park in hopes of getting some great pictures in front of the Alice in Wonderland statue inside the park. The timing wasn't great and I didn't realize it was a tourist destination for photo ops. So we settled for pictures near the Conservatory Water which ended up being a far better choice on a hot summer day.
I also didn't realize how darn creepy the statue was. I think Curly Sue was a little scared by the characters and the enormous mushrooms. It's probably better we found a breezy spot in the woods. I had to do some creative editing to cut out the group of friends taking a picture with a selfie stick.
If you are in Central Park, I do recommend checking it out. It's definitely interesting and surrounded by a lot of other great places including the Metropolitan Museum just a few blocks north.
I couldn't stop at just one outfit for this fun blog tour. I originally was thinking a bathing suit would be fun, a little different than my usual, and perfect for our beach trip. I wanted to play around a bit with red and black and white and found this polka dot spandex for an utter steal ($1.50!!!). I'd seen a few swim suits being made on Instagram and I figured I'd give it a shot.
Without getting too character specific, I was inspired by the queen of hearts. These outfits are the sweet and sassy of Curly Sue. The dainty lady in the woods and the fiery pistol in the water.
Against my usual personal style, I went with a ruffle butt suit. I'm not much for ruffles in general, but the small ruffle bustle was a fun take on a basic suit so I went for it!
I used Sew Pony's Cosi swimsuit pattern which is a nice jumping off point for other designs. It comes with a variety of versions and I used the skirted suit for my own take. Instead of a gathered skirt, I cut circle ruffles using a cereal bowl as my guide. I prefer the softer flow of a circle ruffle and you can play with dimension depending on how big your circular object is. For the bottom ruffle on the suit I used a much smaller circle to get more ruffle per inch. I was experimenting as I went and am pretty happy with the outcome. Here's a fun Flamenco website that goes into detail about circular vs. gathered ruffles.
This was a super fun tour to be on and already a few days in, I'm wowed by all the different inspiration that has come from this story. As I did some research of my own I found two fun sites that really stuck out to me.
* The 2003 Vogue fashion spread shot by Annie Leibovitz and featuring the who's who of couture designers and a stunning Alice.
And of course here's the amazing line-up for the week. Grab a cup of coffee and check out all the great dresses and projects by this awesome crew.
Do not miss out on this absurd giveaway. You have up to 14 chances to win enough sewing patterns to last you through next year. Don't hesitate! This is to good to be true!
And finally, I'll be teaching a class next fall that will make you so happy. It's a 2 day intensive course in the Catskill Mountains. At Camp Workroom Social you'll be surrounded by nature, fellow sewing geeks and a who's who of sewing experts-Christine Haynes, Jen from Grainline Studio, Fleur of Maison Fleur, Sonja of Ginger Makes, Heather of Closet Case Files-just to name a few. We'll delve into the details of high end sewing, making a dress, the Hudson pants and learning how to draft patterns like a pro, all for the kids in your life. You do not want to miss it!