I saw this fabric at the JoAnns and couldn't resist. It was my favorite color, cornflower blue or "estate sale" blue. At the time, I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with it but I knew that whatever it was it would be modern and stylish.
Since, I had no intention of making another maternity dress I opted for a top for Molly. Plus the fabric was kind of expensive so I could only afford one yard.
The collar of this top can be worn either up or down. When worn up the look is very couth. In the photos it is folded down. The back of this blouse has one wood colored button at the top so it is open down the back, sort of like a smock. I put a white ballerina's leotard on Molly underneath the blouse.
You may not be able to tell from the photos but the bottom of the sleeves are bell shaped with a small gather below the elbow.
The pattern and cropped look seemed very 'french' to me. I imagined if I went to Paris I'd see little toddlers carrying red balloons in tops like this.
I wish I had taken more pictures of her shoes. They were just perfect for this little outfit, navy blue with little white bows and white trim. I bought them at the Salvation Army but originally they were from Baby Gap. Since they are dressy, with the cold weather I haven't had much of a reason to have her wear them but they were quite a thrift store find!
Molly enjoyed dancing in the little top and jumping up and down which caused her hair to come undone. I tried to pull it back in a cute little ponytail but her bangs kept falling in her eyes. Her hair is in this in between stage where there is almost nothing I can do to make it look neat. I might break down and have her bangs cut but I'd like to try and keep everything long.
Some people said it looks sort of like a backwards jacket and I happily agree! I think I've subconsciously always liked the look of backwards painting smocks. I couldn't quite put my finger on it but there it is! I should have called it the Petite French Painter's Smock Blouse.
You may have noticed that my posting has become a little sparse at times. I still manage to post every weekday but obviously I'm very close to the end of this pregnancy. I could not be happier! I'm super uncomfortable in many, many ways. I don't remember being this uncomfortable with either of my other two children. I'm actually looking forward to post-surgery.
Speaking of that, I am scheduled for a c-section next Thursday. So for a while I will be recovering. But I will try to be scheduling posts in that time so please stop by for sewing and fashion goodness.
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