Making clothes that layer well is a practice that is near and dear to me. I love me a good garment made with a delicate voile and finished beautifully with hand stitching. I ogle French and Japanese patterns and I’m intrigued by their subtle details and runway shapes. But practicality is an important factor for me too. I need to make things that will straddle four very diverse seasons and that will be joyfully worn by my small and wiggly offspring.
For me, the easiest answer to what layers well is knitwear headed up by the ever-versatile flashback tee. There are so many ways to make it your own. You can paint it, peter pan and button it, slash and swing it or make it a dress. It’s easily layered, one over another or peeking out from under a vest.
This brings me to my next great layer love: the vest. I discovered this weekend that the beloved Bimaa can be made without sleeves, vest-style. The shoulders are already narrow enough, no need to re-draw. And it works great for layering! These Skinny Jeans in a stretch wool leave plenty of room for woolies underneath (we all wear two pairs of pants this time of year). And you can quickly make that layer for underneath using the Fancy Pants Leggings pattern.
Even though my little guy loves to be warm, he doesn’t like long sleeves so we stuck with a short sleeve version under his Bimaa. But wouldn’t a long sleeve version with these elbow patches from the Purl Bee look great under a vest for a little pop of color? This would be a fun way to re-vamp an earlier version of a Flashback too.
I find that a Flip Vest layered over a Bimaa and lined with fleece makes an excellent cozy layer. And done up in a Heather Ross print it becomes a “Storybook Vest,” one that she is eager to read to anyone who will listen. A Sweet Pocket Pinafore lined with sherpa keeps the girl who loves dresses warm for a special event. It’s shown here worn over a Geranium.
The Geranium Dress itself is an excellent option for layering. I find that the bodice is fitted enough to go easily under a sweater but still roomy enough to be layered over a Flashback Tee. I’ve been known to dress my daughter in two Geraniums. One at the tunic length over one made in a dress length. The dress looks great too over a Simple Skirt. It gives the look some depth and the dress some extra flounce.
This is the last post that I’ll be doing before the real deal takes place. I really hope that what I’ve shared here has helped with your planning. It’s been a dream to be here. And what an honor to be included along with Sanae, Laura and Tara. I’ve loved hearing from those who’ve had time to leave comments. And I can’t wait to be inspired by the beautiful things that you’ll make!
My most sincere thanks for having me here. Take good care and please keep in touch, I’ll be over here. Thank you, Meg!!