For the first version I had chosen for the cross over bodice option, this time I chose the standard bodice with the mandarin collar. The mandarin collar was officially only an option for woven bodices, but I of course totally ignored that (it was my second garment, so I had fulfilled my tester duty). I stabilized the collar with a stretchy interfacing and the result is great. My daughter's head easily fit through and the collar stands up perfectly.
Instead of using snaps for leg closure, I used a blind zipper. This is not an official option in the pattern, but it is relatively easily implemented. I cut the legs slightly wider (because I had to compensate the button strip and ironed on non-stretching seam interfacing (long strip). A year ago I was stubborn enough to try to sew a zipper in jersey without interfacing, but I have learned a lot since then. My longest blind zipper was a bit shorter than the entire leg opening, on both sides of the legs there is a small hole of one centimeter above the leg cuffs, but that stays nicely closed and doesn't show at all. I added a small strip of folded jersey on the inside of the garment, while sewing my zipper. This strip functions as a zipper guard, I didn't make a picture of it though.
I added the faux flap option (I first cut it incorrectly, but bravely cut a new one), I didn't fold the seam correctly, and now the flap sometimes stands up a bit. This is easily solved with one hand stitch but that last easy step will probably never happen... does it sound familiar to anybody?
The blue flower fabric I once bought on a fabric market and do not know which brand it was (it was a very inexpensive coupon), but if I would have to guess I would say Stenzo. I bought the light blue fabric at Joyfits.
During the shoot I was fighting with the sunlight. With the curtains open some parts where high lighted too much, with the curtains closed it was a bit too dark, I am clearly still learning.
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