In this series, we’ve had bloggers from the US, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Denmark, and Canada, but today, we go aaaaall the way south. Our guest is Australia’s finest, Suz from Sewpony, with whom I’ve been long-distance friends for quite some time now. Suz has supercute daughters, Isabella, Juliette, and Emily, and these girls have an amazing wardrobe! Apart from our taste in children’s clothing, Suz and I share something else: our love for Tiny/Martine/Debbie/… books. Keep an eye on Suz’ blog, because in a few weeks, she will be releasing her own patterns inspired by this lovely series – the Debbie. Judging by her previous (free!) pattern, the Perennial Dress, the Debbie will be a must-buy.
Suz is also hosting a great new series, When we were young, which starts in two days.
And, starting today, she’s giving away a great package for making your own Belgian-style dress: the Tinny pattern, and 1.5 meters of the vintage fabric she used for Juliette’s dress! Check out the detials here.
I am very excited to be guest posting today here for An’s Kid’s Clothes Belgian Style series. I have loved watching the series over the past couple of months and have been introduced to lots of great blogs I had not yet discovered. When I started ‘researching’ the Belgian aesthetic, I found that I loved it – clashing prints and colours, layers (including lots of cardigans – I do love cardigans) and basically no rules, but mostly lots of fun.
I had so much fun making these outfits for two of my daughters, Isabella and Juliette. Except for a few details, the garments were made from vintage or recycled materials.
I think Belgian style seems to have a definite vintage feel to it, so going down this avenue seemed to fit the style well.
Isabella wears: Vintage orange floral cotton (sheet piece purchased on ebay) made up in the Rollerskate dress by Oliver & S. Bodice lined with a 1930’s reproduction print (ok, this was new).
Dress is trimmed with blue cross-grain ribbon, two rows of blue ric rac along the hemline and a vintage blue button at the back. Her cardigan is a recycled cardigan of mine that I chopped and resized. I changed the buttons to pearl (thrifted) and added a cut doily (also thrifted) as a collar.
They were looking ‘oh so civilised’ sipping from their (thrifted) cups and curling up on their comfy
Danish armchairs. Note – the story books on the table are Belgian. After contacting An to ask if she would take part in my new series, a conversation began about the blog button I had created for the series – which features a gorgeous illustration taken from my favourite children’s book (link is below). Serendipity, coincidence or something along the lines of “great minds think alike”(?!!)… An’s pattern ‘Tinny’ is named after ‘Tiny’ from another series by the same author and illustrator,
whilst the books on the table above are the inspiration for my first (yet to be completed and released) pattern – view 1 and view 2.
Thanks so much for having me An and for hosting this great series!
I think my girls will be wearing ‘Belgian style’ all year long!