A few weeks ago, Striped Swallow Designs worked their drafting magic again and came up with the women’s Harbor Knot, a semi-fitted tee with a perfectly on-trend twist at the side seam. I’ve seen tops like this come up frequently on the pattern hacking groups, but there is NO WAY I would have been able to hack this one- the drafting is just genius.
Happily, I was invited to do so, and I got right to work on the right outfit. Every time I test something, I have a few minutes of panic that maybe I won’t be able to figure it out this time, but my fears were quickly resolved, and I just love how quickly and easily this top comes together! (seriously, about 30 minutes from cutting to wear) If you’re nervous too, the video link in the pattern makes the otherwise complicated twist very easy to construct. The 12 month size is a perfect fit on my girl, as I have come to expect from Striped Swallow- I love it when I can just trust the fit to come out right and not have to make up a muslin!
Because I trusted their drafting, I was able to immediately cut into this super soft faux denim double brushed poly from The Fabric Clique Fabric Shoppe. This fabric would make great pants, but I decided to do something unexpected and sew it into this top, and I love the effect. Of course, I also had to make up some Juniper Joggers to match, using my denim scraps for the waistband and cuffs. I added in a cute drawstring using grommets and my snap press, which I initially didn’t think would be functional, but I’ve come to love for keeping the Princess from taking off her pants in public (can’t imagine why she’d want to take them off, they are SO soft!). The floral is a coordinating scrap of fabric I had in my stash, but Dhee has some other fabrics in stock that would pair perfectly with the denim. She also just stocked the most amazing jaquard faux distressed denim, that I’m dying to make into a pair of joggers for myself.
We shot these photos in the field behind our home, and one of my favorite parts about taking pictures for this blog is that it’s a total family affair. My talented husband mans the camera, while my boys do their best to get their sister to look, smile, or laugh. I’m usually managing everyone and making sure disaster is averted, and we go out to eat afterward (because who has time to cook dinner after modeling and sewing all day!)
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