This week we complete the outfit with the blouse, which was based on the OG Fashion Fiesta Blouse.
It’s SOOO cute online, but of course it’s never in my Target to buy. Aside from that, I’m not the biggest fan of fluorescent colors any more (haven’t been since about 5th grade) and I thought the look could be improved greatly by more intentional placement of the motifs. The look of the original is exactly what it is – machine embroidered fabric, cut and sewn for a trendy, boho-type look. If you want that look, the pre-made outfit is a great deal, it even comes with shoes and a bag! I was going for something a little more traditional and hand-made looking, for timeless style that won’t go out with the boho trend.
I’ve included a graph for simplified motifs using hand cross stitch and you have a couple of options included in the pattern. The easiest is to just complete the whole thing on coordinating 12ct cross stitch fabric and use that as your front bodice fabric. Cross stitch is a great form of embroidery for kids to get familiar with handling a needle and thread, and it’s hard to have it come out looking terrible as long as they can count. You might even consider doing the first half the stitches, so all the counting is correct and then helping the child do the second round to cross over them.
If you’re really in a hurry, I also digitized a .pes design – the link is in the pattern.
Are you thinking the unusual yoke pattern is a great embroidery canvas? Or a perfect use for a small piece of embroidered fabric? Or eyelet? Or an overlay of fancy lace/trim? I agree! The construction of this is similar to this dress: https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/back-to-school-time-already/ so if you need more text explanations, it will be helpful.