I have been stocking up on a few summer clothes for Boo over the last few weeks. Upon assessing her wardrobe what she really needs are skirts, play dresses, shorts and tee's.
I love the playful feeling of the Swingset skirt from Oliver and S. So I made three! All with stash fabric because that is becoming an obsession. I don't have a massive amount compared to some of you, but I bought lengths suitable for a child's garment and with this one growing fast, I need to use them quick!
I genuinely adore this fabric. I bought it from the Ottobre Design Etsy shop after seeing it in one of their magazines. I remember it arrived super quick, much faster than estimated and it is beautiful quality. Heavier than a normal poplin but still with some movement to it. The colours are vibrant and it will match with a number of different tee's.
I think I bought this fabric for a sundress but it lends itself quite well to the fullness of the Swingset. It was a large border print so I isolated the pattern and it fit well on the size 10 skirt.
Last one is a bright and cheery yellow. Not a colour we have a lot of I will admit but it means that I will spot her in a crowded playground over the summer holidays!
This is the perfect play skirt, I may get around to making up some shorts to go underneath
from the Playtime Leggings pattern. They have always worked really well in the past as a modest cover up underneath skirts.
Here we a have a hit and a miss. The Butterfly Blouse and the Sketchbook Shorts. The blouse is only a miss in terms of size. Heartbreakingly, it is too small for her. But the shorts are fantastic!
Made up from self dyed linen, they are light and breezy and a bit longer in length than her others, making them look a bit smarter.
I made the size 12 with my fingers crossed and thankfully they fit her! I may be the last Oliver and S fan to have made the Sketchbook shorts, and I hang my head in shame. Aren't they wonderful?! My justification is that I have girls so never thought I would need this pattern. However, there have been enough blog posts and posted photographs to convince me that this pattern is a must for girls too.
The linen will never survive a car journey, but at least the wrinkles drop out fairly quickly afterwards. I shall make up some more of these while I can still get her in the pattern.
Lastly, the Butterfly Blouse. So so beautiful but even in a size 12, it is a squeeze for her to get into. It is snug across her chest, so this one is going away for her little sister.
I love the pattern, the peplum across the front is adorable and the flutter sleeves complete the pretty girly look. I actually prefer the capped sleeve option but this is what she wanted and I was happy to make up the pattern regardless.
The finishes on the armholes are what I love most about the construction. The instructions are brilliant as usual and you end up with a really well made top. I will look forward to seeing this again on L when her time comes!