Secret Squirrel Sew Along & Back to School Outfit #1

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As I wrote in this post, I’d been working on two time-consuming projects recently. One was “Flip” Tinny and I’m done with that project ( you can see finished garments HERE).

And the other one was Secret Squirrel Sew Along ( you can learn about Secret Squirrel Sewing Series HERE). Aaaaand I’m done with it, now!

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I know. It’s late to sew for August themes, maybe I should have sewn next mission, for September themes. But I had ideas for this outfit since I saw the acorns for August mission, and I really wanted to finish it, so, better late than never, right?

Okay. Let’s get down to each garments.

#1 Sienna Top
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I had an idea for making a top which had “Kangaroo pockets” since I saw the 4th acorn “Australia”, and I was also thinking about using “tangerine ( which was the 1st acorn )” color for that top. But I couldn’t decide which top pattern to use for that.

Then, lately I saw this.

Adorable! Isn’t it?

This is a FREE knit top pattern provided by Jen of Eat. Sleep. Make. for The Sewing Rabbit Blog and the pattern was for 4T ( yes, A IS 4 yrs old!) !

So, I decided to make this top using tangerine for contrast fabric on the back bows ( aren’t they so cute? ).

Because the knit fabric I used for main body was so soft, I sewed a neckband around the neckline for the stability.

And, I added “Kangaroo pockets” on the front of the top. I used the zipper pockets tutorial of Sanae.

So, the 1st acorn “tangerine” and the 4th acorn “Australia” done!

#2 Vintage circle skirt

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I got this fabric at “World’s longest yard sale” which I blogged about HERE. It looked like this.

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Beautiful, isn’t it? Let’s see the details…

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It seems like one scene of the ballet or something. The fabric was really soft, maybe it was originally a scarf. It was beautiful, but also, it was torn in some places around the corners.

The answer for using this fabric was “CIRCLE SKIRT”. So I didn’t need to use torn corners. The pattern on the fabric was placed on the circle, so I thought it would be perfect to make circle skirt.

I used the circle skirt pattern of “Tinny Dress” in 2T. Yes, 2T. Because the waist measurement was just the same with A’s. I attached the elastic on the waist.

Now, the 5th acorn ” Something old”, done!

#3 Patched leggings

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First, I was thinking about adding “patch ( which was the 2nd acorn )” on the elbow of the top, like a cardigan or a jacket. But, as you see, I was running out of time, and the circle skirt turned out to be a bit shorter than I intended, so, I decided to make a leggings with the “patch”.

The pattern for the leggings was ” Go To Leggings”. This was the first time to make it and I loved it. I will definitely make more and more leggings this fall 😉

I made oval patches from same knit fabric I used for the bows on the top, used Heat’N Bond to attach them and sewed them to secure.

Now, the 2nd acorn, “patch” done!

Well, actually, I couldn’t use the 3rd acorn, ” Ann of Green Gables”. I was thinking about a straw hat and braided hair, but again, I was running out of time and I TOTALLY  forgot about them at photoshooting; Though I didn’t have a straw hat, I could have done braid A’s hair. Well, that’s the life. Ha!

As a result, I really think this outfit is perfect for “Back to school” too. Knit top, circle skirt and leggings, aren’t these perfect? So, I decided to add this outfit for Mie’s “Sewing for Kindergarten Sew Along” preschool Flickr group. Yay! One outfit for two sew alongs! How neat!

I’m so glad I could finally finish this outfit and it turned out so cute. So is A.

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See her excitement? 

Please click HERE to see which link parties this post is (going to) participating in.

Happy Sewing!

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