Polka Dots with FOE

Polka Dots

You know, I’ve been meaning to try using fold-over elastic (FOE) for a while. Ottobre patterns often call for it and there’s no secret about Amy‘s and Melissa‘s love for it. I’m so lazy and I hate gathering — like at a neckline — so I often substitute a casing and pull some elastic through. I figure elastic in children’s clothing is a positive. The thing is though, pulling elastic through a casing is also on the list of things I get annoyed doing, it’s just generally less annoying than gathering.

Polka Dots

This outfit is all about the elastic. The pants are elastic waist with a casing. The bottoms are trimmed with crochet lace — I bought a whole bunch of it on clearance. The top is the same top as this one but with FOE on the neckline and sleeves. It’s super-fancy expensive seersucker FOE — the only brown at my fabric store — and has less stretch than normal FOE. That would be the reason the neckline is big. Oh well, this fabric has been hanging around for over a year, I’m just glad it’s finally in a wearable form. This morning we woke up to cooler temps so with any luck we’ll have wearable weather soon too.

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9 Responses to “Polka Dots with FOE”


  1. 1 anina September 16, 2008 at 10:27 am

    So cute! She looks ready for Fall.

  2. 2 amandajean September 16, 2008 at 11:30 am

    it is soooo cute! aren’t you glad that layering is fashionable? it adds so much flexibilty to one’s wardrobe.

  3. 3 Rebecca September 16, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Absolutely adorable! I used to sew for my girls when they were that age, too. The fabric out there right now is so cute. I’m sure you will find lots to inspire you to make more cute outfits.

  4. 4 Amy @ quixoticpixels September 16, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    She looks lovely in her adorable new outfit! Really well done!

  5. 5 melissa s. September 16, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    so cute! i love brown and blue together.

  6. 6 sarah September 16, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    absolutely darling! the outfit is, too! 8-)

  7. 7 melissa September 17, 2008 at 8:06 am

    it’s adorable! I have a problem with the shine of most FOE. I’m not a shiny kind of girl. Neither is my boy! Hehe

  8. 8 martha September 17, 2008 at 10:06 am

    it’s soooo cute:)
    I bet she loves it!

  9. 9 woody September 17, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous – the colours look great together


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