Hey guys, guess what……
Recently I was asked a question…..
Here’s my answer…….
If you don’t know Celina of Petit A Petit And Family, she just happens to be a sewing and style hero of mine. One of those people who just exudes cool. She’s got her own sense of style and marches to the beat of her own drum. Recently she co-created Stylo magazine, and even let me sew for it. How awesome is that? Her aesthetic is fashion forward, but with a throwback vibe, and just……her!
When Laura from Craftstorming asked me whether I’d join in this opportunity to honor/embarrass the hell out of Celina, I didn’t even think before saying yes. (yay for friends who switch blog tour dates with you when you realize you’ve just scheduled three blog things on the same day!)
One thing I’ve come to realize is that trying to sew something outside of my natural aesthetic is like swimming through jello or fighting against a tractor beam. Not easy. Definitely not fun. Unless it’s for a costume or something like that I just try not to do it. Luckily, emulating Celina is like adding awesome sauce to my own recipe. Enough similes for one paragraph? Ok, moving on…..
So, basically what I did was I took a list of things Celina has done that I wanted to do myself anyway, and used this opportunity to spur myself on to do them.
Floral peter pan collar on striped top + upcycle
Celina is big on upcycling, as am I, so this a no brainer. Her stripes with floral thing is really cool too and I’ve never done it before. Now that I pay attention, the fabric I used for the collar is eerily similar.
Dip dye ombre effect
Somehow I hadn’t gotten around to doing this yet, but how amazing is this pinafore? Ever since seeing Celina’s dip dye projects, I’ve wanted to do my own. Still want to do my own Penguin at the north pole shirt.
Quirky kid art props
The rabbit mask tie in was entirely coincidental. While I was finishing the shirt, the kids were in a bitter war over the markers I never take from lockdown. They were coloring these dollar masks, and only after my first super awkward photo shoot did I think “hey, that mask would be fun as a prop.” So I hovered annoyingly behind Clover as she meticulously realized her artistic vision, and snagged more photos when she was done.
But I also know that Celina is good at adding a quirky element to her shoots so this worked out great
What Would Celina Do // Girl Like The Sea Style
Only once have I done a peter pan collar on anything, and now that the trend is totally used up and on the way out I’m finally loving it. The look of one on a tee really appeals to me so I drafted my own collar pattern using the Flashback Tee from Rae (I know, if you read my blog very often you’re like “dude, can you use something else….ever….”). I also turned the tee into a swingier A-line shape because the idea of a straight up skinny tee with a collar seemed weird to me.
So, I looked around online and decided I love the look of the pointy collar. It looks kind of nun-like, but in a cool way. Is there a cool way? Only in my mind? Like a nun who shops at H&M. YES
Now let me tell you about this floral fabric first: It’s a Yuwa Japanese cotton lawn (my first yard of it ever) and OHMYGOSH I’m obsessed with it. Imagine Gnats carries this one plus some others, and you better believe I’ll be getting more because it has ruined me. Ruined! It just feels so nice, and is yarn dyed, has great colors, great drape. Yep. LOVE IT.
Convert to my new Japanese lawn cult. We can make quilts and lay them on floors, yelling at anyone who steps on one to “get off my lawn!”
In all seriousness, this stuff made a perfect collar. It lays down like a boss.
The dip dye actually went really well for the most part. The only catch was that this turned out purple and I’m one of those purple hater people. Clover, on the other hand, loves the purple. LOVES IT. I was trying to be all stealth and used some denim colored dye mixed with a bit of purple, hoping to get an indigo sort of color. I had the notion that I could present the dye bottles to Clover and have this convincing speech about how I used purple so she has to like it. Well, it turned out purple so yay for Clover. Yaaaaaaaay. Lol.
I used a striped men’s shirt from Target for fabric. It was white and gray, which Clover regarded with much skepticism when I said it was for her. EEEW. Gray!
My crafty support system responded to my cries for help on putting this collar in. I would have just followed Celina’s tutorial but I constructed the knit portion first by itself because I didn’t want to dye the collar.
Keyhole for head room. Celina would not make a neck hole too small.
I love when I notice my kids’ crooked bangs need trimming when I’m adding blog photos of them to be seen publicly. Super!
Celina, if you’re reading this, I hope you’re honored and embarrassed.
Thanks for stopping by! Go check out Craftstorming to see more about this blog bomb!