This outfit is inspired by this season theme KID ART, but only a little. The tank I made last summer, well made most of. I never bound the armhole (armcyes? both words are ridiculous) or put on a pocket. I wanted to do something theme related with the pocket, but I don’t have a lot of kid art-like fabrics in my stash. When I found this old rainbow shirt from the 70s I immediately thought of my daughter’s rainbow obsession. She drew them on everything, everywhere! We had a rather epic rainbow birthday party, complete with a rainbow dress and cake and playdough and a pinata!
She’ll be 9 in the fall and her crazy love of rainbows is fading. Parenting as your kids gets older gets much harder. People tell you this when you have little kids, but how can you believe them? They are talking to you wearing a very nice outfit that does not have someone else’s boogers or breakfast or god-knows-what-else on it. Their child speaks in complete sentences and sleeps all night–sleeps in even!
But it’s true. It does. Murkier waters lie ahead. Morality, temperance, how not to be an asshole, these are all things that have to be addressed in real ways. It’s not all rainbows and sparkles. Though part of her is still rainbows and I need to remember that when she has worn me down to a nub arguing for something or railing against the world for being 100% against her.
So that’s what this t-shirt is all about I guess: trying to figuring out how to parent a girl who is still little but growing up quickly. That and it’s just a cute tank top.
The pattern is from this book called Easy Kids Clothes (or maybe something else completely I don’t know Japanese) by the same author who wrote Happy Homemade vol.2, Ruriko Yamada. The tank is gathered a bit in the front and has a yoke in the back (and it is gathered under the yoke a little too). It’s breezy and cool and perfect for summer.
The pants are perfectly summery too. The fabric is a linen blend–the same as our beach towel actually! Ha! When your mother is a sewist your outfits often match the decor.
I put a little heart tag to spruce them up, but other than that they are basic wide leg pants. That’s it for day three of KCW!