To be honest, this post should have been made several days ago.
Lately, I find myself accepting too many commitments (mostly work related) and missing the time to do other things I love (sewing and blog browsing, included, of course).
I was not sure about the Badminton top (Oliver+S) when it was released – I have a favorite pattern for tops (Apolline from Citronille) and living close to the ocean often means that some sort of “neck protection” is needed – even during summertime. So buying another sleeveless top pattern was not high on my “wishing list”.
But as I’ve mentioned before I consider Oliver+S patterns are my “private sewing lessons” and I was eager to learn new techniques.
So, needless to say, I bought the pattern (taking advantage of a very convenient pattern sale). It also includes a skort pattern (a skirt with shorts hiding underneath) which I am now eager to try as well – perfect for girls that love to jump, twirl, run and climb on monkey bars (yeap, perfect for my girl).
After being inspired by some great “Badminton” tops and nightgowns! (seriously, this is a great pattern if your girl loves to dress like a princess for bedtime) featured by some sewing friends I was decided to give it a try. Inspiration here, here, here, here and here (so hard to pick a favorite).
I’ve read some comments on how this pattern was a bit tricky to sew (Liesl also makes some remarks in the pattern instructions) so I approached it with caution and decided to make a first trial with fabric I already had in my stash (and scrap bin) – navy seersucker, a scrap of Liberty (also used on a previous Apolline top. Can you spot the differences?) and navy ribbon (a bit wider than requested by the pattern, but I kind of like it).
Here’s my version:
I also find the back view quite adorable:
I love the fabric combination and was positively surprised by the overall process (went smoother than expected) and result: the top was a dream to sew and I finished it in a “nap time” (no, neither of my kids still take a nap but a mum can dream, right?).
As usual with Oliver + S patterns the final top looks quite professional.
I was very pleased to take the time to sew this top carefully. Of course, using the edgestitch foot of my sewing machine also made sewing a lot easier.
I also used french seams and therefore the inside is almost as beautiful as the outside (minus the bow), which always makes me smile and proud of the final garment:
Summer around here has been quite usual (some cloudy days and even some showers), but the last few weeks have been really hot again (heat wage, anyone?), so this top has been worn quite a lot.
She looks adorable in it (I’m biased, of course) and since it’s a size 5, I’m guessing it will still get some wear next year.
Now I can’t wait to try the skort (and a “princess nightgown” version).
x, Ana Sofia