First things first: there are TWO giveaways at the bottom of this post. One is a link-up party, so you are entered just by linking up your Waterfall Raglan (Women's or Girls) to THIS post.
Since my look is supposed to be "date night", I wanted to try for something a bit dreamy and romantic-looking, hence the balloon-y sleeves and big bow. And I wanted to go a bit oversized Japanese-y, too, because that's how I roll. Just ask my sister, who might have used the less-than-flattering phrase "baggy and shapeless" to describe my style. I love her really. Haha!
A little while ago, I made a modified Waterfall Raglan for my older daughter HERE and I was pretty happy with the way the sleeves turned out, so I wanted to try it for myself. I'll be honest with you: even after the top was sewn and photographed, I still wasn't sure that I didn't look totally ridiculous. I think it was because I tried to make a dress, ran out of my precious Nosh Organic fabric, and tried attaching a ruffle in some random black knit, which looked plain silly. So I unpicked the ruffle and added a scarf-bow thing around my neck, and voila!
Then I faced the usual problem of having my daughter being the photographer. Many blurry shots. Many angled shots. Many strangely exposed shots that made me look...goth. Luckily I have some pretty awesome friends. Thank you, dear Bettina -- and then Olga, for stepping in to save the day!! By the way, if you aren't already following Olga HERE, you really must. You can see her signature style in the stunning photos she posts.
Originally I was signed up for the first day of the tour, which were the daytime looks. And that is basically my style all the way, so I'll show you a photo of how I'd wear this during the day, complete with messy post-lunch face and me warning to the little one not to run too far away. Ah mom life.
And finally (phew!), I wanted to make the Brenna Coat from Cali Faye Collection ever since I first saw Andreia's gorgeous version HERE. You might have seen my coat already on IG. So I made a Waterfall to go with it - because isn't that what you do? Haha.
I used some kind of slub (linen?) knit for this one with ribbing for the neckband. I made my usual size 0, as I did above, and I love how it fits. And as you can see, I am not really a skinny jeans wearer. I prefer flares or straight-leg (call me old-fashioned), but I just don't have the legs for skinnies.
See that sleet in the background? Yes, that's how cold it was this afternoon when we went out for photos. Photos in the afternoon for my blog post at night. How's that for insta-blogging? ;)
Thanks for sticking with me through the photo overload. Now for the best part: the giveaway! You have a chance to win US$50 gift card and a sewing kit, both from Stylish Fabric. You can enter here:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
And don't forget to link up your Waterfall (until February 12th) when you sew one to this post HERE. Be sure to tag @chalkandnotch and @stylishfabric and use the hashtag #makeitminelinkup so everyone can find you! You can also share your Chalk and Notch makes in the friendly Facebook group here!
If you are looking for some fabric for your Waterfall, Link Up Sponsor Stylish Fabric is offering 15% off orders using GABRIELA. Awesome, right?
Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour today for some fantastic inspiration. I love all these ladies, and I know you will, too!
Tami - Sew Sophie Lynn | Victoria - Very Blissful | Leslie - Threadbear Garments | Marie-Fleurine – Sew Mariefleur | Emi - Just Add Fabric