Today in the Belgian Style series, we have Rachael from Imagine Gnats. Rachael is an incredibly creative mom of two who sews mostly for her daughters, but also for herself. Her creations are always colorful, fun, and just plain beautiful, and I just love her fabric choides. Rachael has her own Etsy shop, in which she sells finished products as well as pdf patterns. Make sure check out her newly released super cute Roly-poly Pinafore tunic, which has been everyhwere these last couple of days! On top of that, Rachael is a true embroidery buff, and an allround supernice person!
hiya! rachael here from imagine gnats, and yay for kids’ clothes belgian style, right? after checking out An’s belgian style pinterest board, i realized that my girls’ everyday style, full of pattern and bright colors paired in mixed-up layers, was already on the right track. so we amped up the color, added some fun geometric touches, and piled on layers of texture for this belgian-style-inspired outfit.
i started with the idea of transforming the classic cardigan into a garment made with woven fabrics… which, it turns out, is a jacket. yep, seems pretty obvious in retrospect. this three-button jacket has raglan sleeves, exaggerated front panels, and an a-line shape that gives it a nice swing. it is also fully lined and (with the exception of the buttons in this case) fully reversible. both fabrics used are Kaffe Fassett shot cotton from Fabric Shack.
the next piece of this outfit i decided on was the leggings, inspired by the fabulous organic jersey from Stitch Organics. (currently out of stock… sad face. though i do have a little over a meter left that i think will need to be a skirt for me.) pattern used is the Go To Leggings, appropriately named as it is my go to legging pattern.
the top is a color-blocked, hi-lo hem, tunic length version of my upcoming pattern, the tumble tee. i knew that this bright blue organic jersey from Kitschy Coo was the perfect color, but it needed… something more. enter my lovely pals Kat and Max, who said “lace!” knowing that was the perfect idea, but wanting to keep the comfy feeling and ease of knit, i was very excited to find the perfect lace-like knit at Jo-Ann! to change the color-block, i simply cut the pattern horizontally where i wanted the seam to be, and then added the width of my seam allowance to that seam line on both the top and bottom pieces.
thanks for having me today, An! my girlie loves her new belgian-style outfit, and i had a lot of fun making it! happy belgian-style stitching, all… xo, rachael