Sweetly Spooky

Did you ever come across a fabric and have such a gut reaction to it that you had to buy it, right then and there? That’s kind of how I felt when I stumbled upon these cute trick-or-treating bears at Joann’s. They’re not my style at all, and yet I could not resist them. Had to have ’em. Bought 1-1/2 yards, even though I wasn’t quite sure what I’d do with them.

At the same time, I picked up that pretty embroidered black cotton. It’s kind of got a linen feel to it, even though it’s 100 percent cotton. I thought it would make great ruffled pants to go under whatever cute thing I made with the bears.

I think I was right.

It’s such an understated outfit but I just love how it turned out. The top is from one of my Japanese sewing books, Girly Style Wardrobe. It’s really a great basic wardrobe piece and I think I’ll make a few more, although next time I’ll add some seam allowance to the bodice. I didn’t on this one because it’s a 100cm and some 98cm are a little roomy on Miss L. This one is a perfect fit but I’d rather have a little growing room. Not as important for this set, since she’ll probably only wear it two or three times, but a must for other shirts.

Sorry for the lack of modeling shot but the aforementioned little missy is at school. Actually, she’s staying an extra hour today for lunch bunch, so I’m off to the sewing studio to work on some orders (now that I’m not afraid they’ll end up trashed by my bad sewing karma).

Don’t forget — I’m doing the Scrapapalooza drawing today. You’ve still got a little time to enter because I won’t do the drawing until after we get home from gymnastics this afternoon.

28 Replies to “Sweetly Spooky”

  1. OMG!!! I love BOTH of those fabrics and especially love what you did with them. I was just @ Joann’s yesterday and didn’t see those. 🙁 But who am I kiddin’… like I have time to sew right now. *sigh* I LOVE THIS!!!! Will you be offering them for sale or is this just for your sweetie?

  2. As always, you are spot-on with your fabric selections and pattern choices! I love how this is subtle enough that you don’t just have to wear it on Oct. 31 but she can get a *little* more life out of it. Kudos, once again!

    Heathers last blog post..Coming soon!

  3. OMG, it’s soooooooooo cute, Mary!! LOVE IT! It’s nice to have something that is Halloween-ie but not so over the top like most outfits or even cheesy! This is perfect and WAY cute 😉

  4. I adore the Halloween bear fabric. Are you sure it’s from Joanns? I’ve been to my local store and to the web-site and there’s nothing that cute there. I thoroughly enjoy your blog and love the beautiful outfits you make for your cute little one. Cathy

  5. I love how you call this ‘sweetly spooky’–it’s fun, it’s cute–

    This time of year in the stores, I have to monitor just how terrifying some of the Halloween paraphernalia is–it just seems to get darker and darker and then my preschoolers are completely FREAKED when we walk into a craft store with full out, full size scary zombie robot thingys—

    Sweetly Spooky is nice!

  6. oh my word.. i adore all of this.. hope you dont mind since buying an outfit from you on LLS i have been stalking your blog..

    you totally make me smile!

  7. Absolutely sure. The selvage is even stamped “made exclusively for Joann’s.” Mine had it with the rest of the Halloween fabrics but it seems to have been selling quite well. I can look up the SKU for you when I go tomorrow, if you’d like. 🙂

  8. I know! Isn’t it unreal? Miss L and I were at Michael’s today and I had to reassure her that “the man” she saw and heard was not real.

  9. I’ve been coming to your site for a few months and I love your work/art! Miss L is a very lucky little girl.
    Would you PLEASE tell me the patterns or composite of patterns used for this darling outfit?
    I know that my Joann’s isn’t selling these adorable fabrics. =(

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