I originally made this sheer blouse to wear for the holiday season, but I’ve decided to repurpose it as a spring piece because it is really handy for layering over tanks! As much as I’d love to prance around in just a tank-top, we have not quite reached an acceptable temperature for such attire, so I have to keep telling myself to appreciate the layering possibilities now before it’s too hot for anything more than a single layer. I did change out my warm sweaters and corduroys for all my summer dresses and shorts in my closet, which is not helping my patience in getting to wear them. Soon Clarisse, soon.
Some days I’m all about the accessories, but today I just felt like I needed to be able to run around a bit with little fuss. A brightly colored pair of sneakers is always handy for these days, along with pigtail braids that keep your hair tidy while incorporating a playful look. I’m pretty sure that if I came across a playground in my wanderings today, I would jump on the swings, because this outfit makes me feel a little bit like a kid at recess, and I’m absolutely okay with that.
Whether you make your own clothes or want to be a shopping expert, it’s helpful to know about different fabrics and how they “work.” Aside from color and pattern, different types of fabric can have totally different looks because of the way they drape or hang on the body, especially in doll scale. This series will help you learn more about some fabrics that are often used for doll clothes, so you can know more about how to use them or what to look for when you are shopping!
Part 2: Jersey Knit
Jersey knit is a very versatile fabric. It is generally lightweight, and can be made of many different materials such as cotton, rayon, polyester, or even silk. If you look closely, it looks similar to knitting done by hand, with “v” shaped stitches on one side and horizontal stitches on the wrong side, but the stitches are very tiny! Jersey knit can be used for anything from tee-shirts and sweaters, to skirts and dresses, and is very soft with a nice drape. It also doesn’t “fray” because the thread is knit instead of woven, though it can get pulls if not handled carefully. Also, because it stretches, it can be difficult to stitch without stretching the fabric as you sew. A helpful thing to keep in mind with knits, is that your iron is your best friend (as long as it is on an appropriate heat setting for the material- otherwise, not your friend!). If your seam comes out a little stretched, use the steam from your iron to “ease” it back into shape. It makes the world of difference!
*A tip from Clarisse: For seams that need to retain as much stretch as possible, try using a very tiny zig-zag (the smallest one possible, so it is barely noticeable), to allow the seam to have a little extra give. If the seam is too tight, then when the fabric stretches, it may cause the seam to rip.
I just purchased my first ever maxi dress, and I have to say, I am a fan. This paisley jersey-knit one is just perfect for me because it is so soft and comfy, and very versatile for spring or summer! I went a little outside of the box by pairing it with a pop of red in the purse- it just seemed to fit my mood today, as I was feeling bright and cheery. I hope you are all as gung-ho about maxi’s as I am- I’ve starting thinking up some of my own designs for the Etsy shop!
This fanciful garden is not in bloom yet, but the entrance gate still made a fine place to pose. Something about the slightly rusty ornate iron gate made me feel as though I was walking into a slightly magical place, or should be wearing an elaborate gown fit for a medieval princess… maybe next time. For today, a simple dress and cardigan combo was fitting enough.
What I’m Wearing:
I hope all of you who celebrated Easter yesterday had a lovely day! If there is ever a day to wear a hat, it’s definitely Easter, so naturally I incorporated a nice springy one into my outfit. It may be a stretch to call it an “Easter bonnet,” but it has such a nice ring to it, so just play along. I told myself (and you all) that I was taking a few days off for vacation and wouldn’t post until Wednesday, but who was I kidding, I just can’t stay away! I also discovered some beautiful places for photos in my “vacation location,” so it would be such a waste to not take advantage of the background potential, right? Maybe I’m just bad at vacations.
I’m off to see the “Stars on Ice” show tonight! The Olympics really got me loving skating again, and I can’t wait to see what all the fabulous skaters will do! An ice show is kind of a weird thing to dress for, so I went with sort of a “festival” style look… I managed to wear the leggings from the AG skating outfit though, so that makes it appropriate, right? On a side note, I’m going out of town for an extended Easter break, but I will be back Wednesday! I may squeeze in an Easter post, but if you don’t hear from me, I’m probably too comatose from chocolate to feel like getting out for pictures.
What I’m wearing (running late so no links today, sorry!):
Sweater: AG Bitty Blossoms
Blouse: Clarisse Original
Skirt: KateLaruenDesigns on ETSY
Bag: DesignsbyOrvie on ETSY
Necklace: 2SistersSewCrafty on ETSY
Leggings: AG 2-in-1 Ice Skating Set
Boots: AG Addy’s Meet
Apparently the spring decided to take a little “intermission,” and allow winter to come back overnight with a fresh dumping of snow. I resolved to stay away from windows and remain in denial of this vicious attack on spring, and thankfully found that the sun had conquered and melted the snow by the afternoon. This is why I took advantage of the surprise beach day on Monday- you never know when winter might come back to haunt you. Long live the spring!
What I’m wearing:
Be sure to check over at the Clarisse’s Closet ETSY Shop for new items on
Thursday at 8PM EST!
Here’s a sneak peak of what will be available: