Go back in time about 2 years and picture me tentatively typing 'children's sewing patterns' into Google. This is when I entered the world of sewing for little ones. Thankfully, I came across Oliver + S patterns. and it was this pattern in particular that caught my eye. The Classic Picnic.
For reasons I cannot explain, it has been one of the last Oliver and S patterns that I have purchased. Having made it up, I now feel stupid for not sewing it before. The shorts are beautiful things to behold. The way they come together is sublime and everything inside is finished neatly. Hardly any scratchy seams to annoy delicate skin.
(For those who are interested, the first pattern I tried was the Puppet Show. The one that started the O+S love affair!)
I have a habit of trying things in denim first, just because it is so practical. Well seeing as these are for summer, they need to be long lasting. The khaki pair are from a medium weight cotton bought locally and it was a major PITA to sew with. They are not my finest work. For some reason, the fabric which looked lovely on the roll, washed to a creased-distressed finish and they look old already. Perfect colour for matching outfits though. Just really disappointed with how they look.
The fabric I used for the facing was left over from a cushion I was commissioned to make at Christmas. It is not a fabric I would usually have in my stash as unlike Justine I don't have a knack at making bright florals work.
The buttonhole elastic is going to be worth its weight in gold as you can see. She notches in two holes either side so these should hopefully last the summer.
I planned to make both these pairs to go with the vest top I made a week ago. They look really nice together plus the shorts will go with so many other things as well.
I love the gold topstitching you get on jeans and so went to town on these.
They look very sturdy as a result I think.
Both pairs got the thumbs up and it was nice to see her in something new. I can't wait for her to outgrow some of her old clothes so I can put some new ones in her wardrobe. Comically, I have the same batch of tee shirts that I have had forever, but can't stand to see the girls in the same things all the time. Good job I like to sew!
I must get cracking on the top from this pattern as judging by the flickr pool, it is indeed a classic!