Today I'd like to introduce you to Cherie from you & mie. Cherie and I really bonded over this series as this issue is very near to her heart as well. I knew whatever she made would be fabulous because her style is absolutely impeccable. She has such an eye for fabrics and details, she's amazing! Take it away Cherie!
Hello! I'm Cherie from you & mie and I'm so excited to be here today for Alida's Calling All Kids series. When I first heard about her idea for this series and the story behind it, I could easily relate. My own personal style is on the edge of feminine and gender neutral and I'm not a huge fan of pink or anything stereotypically "girly girl." I think that my daughter's wardrobe is a direct reflection of mine and my partner's style - which is really a mix of pretty much everything. From straight up boy clothes, to cute party dresses and everything in between.
At the age of 2 and a half, my daughter still lets us dress her in pretty much anything as long as it's comfortable and doesn't restrict her movement. So we're taking the opportunity to expose her to as many styles, colors and types of clothing as possible, so that when she's old enough to make her own choices, she knows that anything (age appropriate) is ok.
Because, like Alida, I think that there is so much more to being a girl than pink and flowers and dresses. And so much more to being a boy then blue and trucks and overalls. I want clothes to reflect the amazing range of characteristics and personalities that every little kid has and all the possibilities of who they want to be. And I think it can be done with style too. So that's what I strive for when I make clothes and dress my kid and in every other facet of our lives outside of clothing as well :)
Pardon my long rant, it's just a topic that I happen to feel pretty strongly about! But enough about that, I'll just show you the clothes already.
I decided to revisit a pattern that I had tested almost a year ago, the Maxwell Shirt by Shwin & Shwin. What I didn't realize when I was picking out these fabrics is that I basically recreated the same shirt I made for Yuki last year! I guess I know what I like :P
I loved the way the shirt looked on her then and since she's grown out of that one, I decided I should make one for the upcoming spring and summer. It fits her really well and the fabric is super lightweight and comfortable. And how cute is this simple and neutral print?
I love the details on the shirt, like the contrasting yoke. I used some leftover chambray from this dress I made myself.
The pants are made from a self drafted pattern and the material is from a pair of women's pants I picked up at the thrift store. When I first made them awhile back, my daughter was still in cloth diapers and it was too snug, but now that she's out of diapers, they fit her much better!!
They are flat front and elastic in the back with a faux fly and functioning pockets in the front and back.
I really think taking the time to add details to pants are what make them look super clean, polished and professional. I'm pretty proud of these :)
This outfit suits my daughter's personality pretty well. She's already a tomboy and a total goofball.
This outfit may not necessarily be perfect for all little girls (or their parents), but if you want to play around with a collared shirt pattern and various prints, patterns and colors, you can probably come up with something adorable and stylish for your little girl or guy. One of my favorite boy versions is this vintage floral sheet shirt by elsie marley.
Thanks for letting me share with you today and please come visit me at you & mie for all sorts of kids clothing :)
Peace out, kids!
Thanks so much for being here Cherie! I love the outfit you created...those pants are so rad!
Make sure you go check out you & mie to see all of the incredible children's clothes she creates for her ADORABLE daughter.