I couldn't help but fall in love with this adorable little summer outfit from Bonpoint. Sadly, the price is likely to bring tears to your eyes, and for play clothes! $165 for the shirt alone. No way.
So I studied the images on the stores site for a little while and I think I have come up with the simplest way to recreate the look. I haven't actually sewn it yet, because I can barely keep up with my current to do list, but when I do I will post a full tutorial.
In the meantime if you would like to do it yourself here is what I recommend.
Fabric and Notions
Kaufman Cambridge Cotton Lawn Red - $7.95
Embroidery Floss in Shades of Green $2.00
Elastic Thread $3.00
3 matching buttons
Pattern - Not needed
- The top is made of two rectangles, each twice the width of a good fitting non stretch shirt and an inch or two longer for hemming.
- The top area is shirred with elastic thread and then embroidered in a simple zig zag pattern using three different shades of green. It can be done by machine or by hand.
- Once that is done sew up the side seams and make two tubes of fabric for the the spaghetti straps.
- After the shiring is secured by the embroidery or top stitching sew two straight lines down the shirred portion of the back for additional securing then cut right between them.
- Hem the edges and attach buttons to onside and make button holes on the other. Another option is hook and eyes.
I plan to make the shorts out of cutoff jeans, and use the the left over denim to make the flaps for faux welt pockets.
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Most of this is incredibly easy but working with elastic thread may seem a bit scary to a beginner until they try it. If the embroidery makes you nervous just top stitch in a zig zag pattern with a thick thread. Or use regular thread and go over it a few times.
Let me think about this. Pay over $165 + international shipping or pay $10 and spend a few hours on my favorite hobby, sewing. It's a tough call but I think I'll go with Make It.
Please let me know if you make this look so that I can link to it, and I promise to post a full tutorial once I catch up on my other sewing projects.