Speaking of fabrics, when I was planning the fall capsule for my daughter, I first narrowed down the pieces I wanted to make, and then focused on the fabrics. I definitely wanted some corduroy; it is such a cosy fall material! I was glad I could use a flower-print one I’ve had for a few years (see the shorts in this post), and I found the polka dot one online. It was an added bonus that both cord fabrics coordinated. Also, both are pinwales and lightweight.
As you can see, the shapes of the trench are very basic, yet, lady-like. I was glad to find the lace-up shoes to "toughen up" an otherwise very girly wardrobe.
Construction-wise, the trench has inseam pockets, cuffed sleeves, and is lined in lightweight cotton fabric, all practical details.
We found the cap in TJ Maxx and I knew it would perfectly compliment the trench, so, we had to have it.
I had to wait three weeks for the flower-shaped buttons, but it was worth it, they add just the right touch of whimsy.
I find that shorts are a great alternative to skirts, even for winter, worn with tights.
The pattern for this pair of shorts is from Burda WOF, and was reviewed here: http://theprincessseam.blogspot.com/2010/05/girly-summer.html as a summer garment. For fall, I made it in flower-print corduroy, in a size bigger.
As I have said before, I love the playfulness and girliness of this pattern. I highly recommend it to anyone sewing for a girl.