Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Oliver and S Swing Set Top


This is one pattern that I have had my eye on for ages but couldn't justify buying because elder daughter would only have been in the largest size (5T) for a few months. 

Both the skirt and top are just beautiful with lovely sweeping curves and gathers, and with the wave of hot weather currently hitting the UK, I gave in and bought the digital version for L.


I thought she would be okay in a 3T but upon re-measuring her, she falls into the larger 4T, which is a pity as it shortens the life of the pattern considerably. 

The fabric is a special meter that I have been saving. It is from the Cat Nap collection by Lizzy House. I love it and have been looking for the right project. I also have this print from the same collection, I have seen that made up into a Swing Set Top and it looks pretty spectacular!


There is plenty of room in the size 4T. It fits her with enough ease to let the breeze float through on a warm day. The bodice fits over her head without needing to undo the buttons for the time being but it is nice to know they are there for when she grows.



The best detail for me about this top is the curve of the bodice, isn't it sweet?


I found three buttons shaped like leaves in just the right colours which suit this fun print.



At first I thought the straps would be a little on the short side. But if you happen to think that too while making it up, rest assured, they are just right.



16 comments:

  1. This is one of the few Oliver+S patterns I don't have (for the exact same reason), but every time I see a gorgeous version (like yours) I regret it so much!
    This print is absolutely perfect for this top :)

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    1. Thank you Ana Sofia! I still have quite a bit of my meter left so I can use it for something else too. After waiting so long for the pattern I intend to make a few versions (of skirt especially) to justify it!

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  2. so very pretty! I love this pattern too - one of my O & S favorites. Glad you gave in and bought it:)

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    1. Thank you! It makes the perfect cool summer top. I am glad I went for it.

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  3. I have long admired this pattern and may have to cave and get it, even knowing that my 4 year old daughter would only get a little bit of wear. Your version is lovely!

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    1. Thank you! The pattern gives you a lot of satisfaction to look at (as all O+S patterns do). I love the bodice detail. Have a look at the measurements and see if you can get the 4 and the 5 out of it.

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  4. Katy this is lovely. Whenever I see the tops I want to make one straight away! The skirt is an absolute beauty too. I've only got another 2 years for this pattern to fit and simply must remember to use it more! Beautiful sewing.

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    1. Thank you! I will have to have a look at your versions too. I am sure (sounding like a fan here) that they are gorgeous! The skirt will be next up for L.

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  5. Beautiful use for a beautiful print, and the buttons are perfect! Hopefully it will fit for a while, could it be layered under a long sleeved t for the winter?

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    1. Thank you! Yes I am sure it would look good with a tshirt underneath. I also think it would look beautiful in a liberty print with a mummy-made cardi over the top too.

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  6. the top is lovely, Katy! The Swingset top is one of my faves...right up there with the puppet show shorts. I was so sad when my girls outgrew them. The print you used is perfect for the top!

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    1. Thank you Cindy! Isn't it funny that the two patterns that don't go beyond the 5T are some of O+S fans core favourites. I adore the puppet show shorts and now this top too. I shall have to combine those two!

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  7. Katy, I LOVE this! Perfect fabric choice for the pattern.
    And I must make another one for Lucy this year before she too outgrows it....

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    1. Thanks Justine! At least Lucy has a chance of still fitting in it at 6!

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  8. I must pull this out for Tildy, Liddy had two and wore them constantly.
    Beautiful sewing and fabric choice Katy.

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    1. Thank you Nicole. I had a peek at your post about Liddy's second one. The two items look lovely together don't they?

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