One of the reasons I love Zenith & Quasar fabrics is that she creates fabric with some great images of the world (and galaxy!) around us. This print is created using inspiration from a blue agate.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make, but I wanted to keep the print as intact as much as possible. I decided to draft a tunic top for my daughter to wear, and break up the print a little with a flounce.
She was not a fan of the flounce.
The pattern pieces look like this, though I did have to cut up the arm a bit. I would have rather had the arms be the print, but I didn’t have enough fabric with only 1 yard to make the whole top. I went down about 2″ from the arm to cut up the bodice. I went straight across the back, but did a curve above the chest area for the front. The flounce is a full circle for the front and full circle for the back, and it is hemmed. I usually serge the circle first, which gives it a slight pucker. This helps to hem circles.
I used a stretch woven on the flounce, since I wanted it have more body.
I figured a cotton lycra wouldn’t look as nice, though I did use cotton lycra for the arms and neckband.
The leggings are the 5 out of 4 Shenanigans leggings. I do put elastic in the waistband, because otherwise she complains it is too loose on her.
When I finished this up, I wasn’t sure it was really “tweeny” and “middle-schooly”. She was not a fan of the flounce, so I guess my instincts were right. I love the print…it is so pretty, but I feel like the white maybe wasn’t the right choice to go with it for an older girl. Moral of the story…it doesn’t always work out. I will take out my trusty seam ripper, take out the flounce and just put a white band in between the two layers. Simple fix that will take an hour (seam ripping serged seams is FUN!!).
She still wore it, though, since it was so comfy!