I haven’t sewn an article of clothing in almost three months (unless you count those undies), and I’ve missed it. Last month I started a Burda pattern and ended up abandoning because I couldn’t decipher the (lack of) directions. I guess I figured I should be able to follow a commercial pattern by now, but apparently I can’t, and I was pretty bummed. So it’s back to tried and true Oliver + S, which is just what I needed. I bought myself the Class Picnic Blouse pattern for my birthday last week, and it’s an instant favorite.
I love the wide hems, the 3/4 raglan sleeves, and the way it pulls on with elastic at the shoulders. And the fact that it only took a few hours from start to finish.
Here is it with her chambray Hopscotch skirt, which magically matches everything. I think I’ll make the Picnic shorts from the same fabric for the summer.
The green and aqua plaid is a lightweight shirting I found at Fabric Depot and bought with St. Patrick’s Day in mind. We usually gloss over the holiday since Lila’s birthday is two days after, but I always appreciate an excuse to sew something green. I cut the yokes on the bias (to avoid matching plaids, mostly) and lined them with Honeydew shot cotton, which you can see peeking out in the top photo.
I made a 2T but cut it to a 3T length. Over the last couple months Lila has shot up in the way that almost three-year-olds do, mainly evidenced by her upwardly creeping pant legs and shirt sleeves. She needs clothes that fit, and I see many more of these shirts in our future. I’ve seen some great versions in the Flickr pool with piping under the yoke (this one, for example) – I want to try that next.
Okay, I think that covers the shirt from just about every angle. Now for the action shot….