Surprise, surprise, I’ve sewn up another Oliver + S pattern! It’s been two years since I made the Hopscotch skirt – Lila had her own special sense of fashion when I first tried the pattern, and those two weren’t worn much at all. But skirts are a safe bet now, and it’s another pattern she’s going to size out of soon. So I had to get on it.
This skirt has so many great details – the takeout food container inspired pockets, the front button placket, a flat front waistband, and lots of top stitching (which doesn’t really show up on the navy, but it would be fun to highlight it on a solid colored skirt).
And those origami pockets…they were trickier than I remember!
I wasn’t happy with my first few attempts and spent some serious time trying to get those suckers just right. My advice would be to transfer the markings with extreme precision and be very exact when you press the pleats – make sure you only press to the bottom dots. I even drew in the 1/2 seam allowance all the way around the pocket (it’s marked on the pattern piece), which helped a lot.
The fabric is called Spots (in Park) from Rebecca Bischoff’s Blythe line for Robert Kaufman, and I love it so. I used it as the facings on this summer’s Class Picnic Shorts, (modeled with the same shirt, yes). And I originally bought it for a Washi dress, which I made in July. The dress wasn’t quite right on me, so I chopped it up to make this skirt. Just for the sake of posterity, I’ll show you a photo. I don’t know what Lila was doing back there, don’t ask.
The Washi pattern was truly excellent, and a pleasure to sew. I lined the bodice using Rae’s video, and had a unexpectedly successful first experience with shirring. I love the design of the dress, and it looks so good on so many people, I just didn’t happen to be one of them. And if you saw the rest of this photo shoot, believe me, you’d agree. To borrow from one of Sanae’s recent posts, my dress had a bit of a “sister-wife-on-the-compound” vibe to it (though her dress totally doesn’t!). The fabric didn’t drape well and the fit was off and it just looked….homemade. Which of course is the kiss of death, especially for adult clothing. I just have a difficult shape (or lack of shape?) to sew for, and very little experience sewing for myself or tweaking patterns. And when you combine all of that, you end up with…well…a kid’s skirt.
But that’s okay. Cutting into a finished garment like that felt weird, but it seemed pointless to leave it hanging in the closet, and now it’s been transformed it into something that may actually be worn. And I think it will.
Two-year-old Lila wore the same boots in the original Hopscotch photoshoot. They fit now though…