My design reflects an outfit in colors and fabrics that Anne would love to wear, but updated for 2014. It features a woven chambray fabric in light grey for the skirt and a white cotton knit for the long sleeve shirt. Since the fashions of Anne's time featured lace, ruffles, and feminine trims, so does mine.
My ideas all came together when I found this silhouette created by Miriam on her blog, Be Book Bound. She made it to create a piece of art, but I saw a new purpose that would create an unique outfit for Miss E. Miriam invited her blog readers to use the silhouette that she created in Photoshop, and that's just what I did.
I began by bringing the jpg to Powerpoint so I could size it to fit the design idea that was floating in my head. I planned to print it, using a Avery T-Shirt Transfer Sheet, on the shirt in my design.
I printed the design in grey-tone as I wanted a color that would blend with the light grey chambray that I had purchased for the skirt. I didn't just turn the design over and iron it on the shirt fabric, but I trimmed away the silhouette from the surrounding design so the edges would be cleaner. I love how it turned out!
I added a wide bow at the neckline that drips with lace and a trim that is feminine and old-fashioned at the same time.
For those beginner sewers, I wanted to let you know that I did not make the basic shirt. I was in Gymboree, because I love the quality of their knits, and purchased it for only $4.99 since it was part of a special sale. Since I can't buy that quality of fabric for $4.99, I decided to purchase it and embellish it with a matching bow and the silhouette. So if your just starting to sew, consider this as an option.
Next, the skirt features multiple layers of chambray cotton fabric with an elastic waistband. Some of the layers are edged in an old-fashioned woven floral trim. This trim really added body to the different layers and helped to create the feminine feel to the skirt.
Miss E especially liked the light, swirly, and comfortable skirt.
Since it is winter here in the Midwest, lavender tights were added to pick up the lavender color in the trim.
I am really getting brave. On my last outfit, I created a 6 panel knit hat to coordinate with the knit dress I designed.
This time I made this wide-brimmed hat out of the same grey chambray fabric. It was magical the way the heavy pellon interfacing began to bow and shape as I sewed the multiple rows of stitching in the wide brim.
I wasn't even sure that the multiple rows of stitching would create the shaped structure on the brim, but that's what I've seen on hats in stores....so I gave it a try. WOW, was I ever happy. I hand stitched the black trim on the edges during the final step while making this hat.
To complete the old fashioned look, I added matching trim and a bow in the back.
Folks you are looking at pure magic, as I can't believe I actually designed the pattern and sewed this hat.
At first, I considered buying Miss E some lace up boots similar to those worn by Anne. Yet, I designed this outfit to be an UPDATED version, so black patent shoes with a tiny wedge heel
(so 2014!) were chosen.
So, here is my 2014 version of a garment that was inspired by the movie, Anne of Green Gables, modeled by Miss E :