Adorable pouty Annika models her pretty outfit of green crop trousers with a gathered blouse in a flowery summer print. This third Variation in Green owes a great deal to the design skills of Vanina of Les Chéries de Vaniline, as I used her patterns for both parts of Annika’s outfit. I may have mentioned before how I love Vanina’s designs, which are very chic and stylish. With good design and well-chosen fabrics, I find there’s no need to go overboard on the trimming. Good design speaks for itself.
Once again I used the green figured cotton fabric for these simple crop trousers, which are made special by the ribbon decoration. On the outside of each leg, two vertical casings enclose ribbons which are secured at the waistband. The ribbons run down through the casings and at the lower edge they are pulled up to gather the leg slightly, then tied in a bow.
I’m quite used to following pattern instruction in French now, so making these was a breeze. Apart from the casings, which need to be carefully stitched so that they are regular and even from top to bottom, these little trousers were simple to make up.
For this blouse I chose a pretty summer print of cream-coloured cotton decorated with tiny tulips in yellow, amber, orange and blue. The green on the print matched the trouser fabric perfectly – a good start.
The simple pattern has just two pieces, a back and front, cut exactly the same, and a sleeve. The sleeves are raglan cut. The neckline is gathered into a casing for elastic. This makes a smock-type garment which would swamp the model, but the final touch is a casing for a long draw-string which gathers up the blouse at the waist. The casing is applied onto the body of the blouse, and positioning it is quite tricky. It would be easy to place this too high, too low, or on the slant! Luckily Vanina provides good online instructions, and following her guidance I positioned the casing 3cm below the armhole. I also managed to keep it level, so that the results are just as I would wish. Some cream cotton lace is carefully placed at the sleeve edge to form a broad but unfussy cuff.
The outfit is completed by a pair of yellow Classic Ankle Strap with Bow shoes from Monique, in size 75/34.