KCW Spring 2015 is over 😦
As expected, I didn’t managed to sew anything related with the theme (Wild Things), but I did manage to work on some basic pieces.
For the last months I’ve sew quite a lot for my girl – mostly dresses, and to be honest her closet is full of them (even if a couple of more may be added in the coming months).
At the moment, she needs basics – skirts, shorts (I should be sewing shorts, I really should – she outgrew all of them), pants (in the works) and tops, but other than that she has plenty of clothes to pick from.
After sewing the new Oliver + S Butterfly skirt (to match a top I was sewing for a sew-along) I couldn’t help myself from cutting the Butterfly blouse one day later. I was rather impressed with the skirt pattern (although I really shouldn’t be a surprised as I’ve sewn most of Oliver + S pattern and have nothing but good things to say about them): it was so easy (I would definitely recommend it for a beginner) and probably the faster sewing project I’ve done so far.
The skirt didn’t photograph well (Robert Kaufman in Indigo) but hopefully you can get a better idea of the lovely front pleats (my favorite feature) ❤
This skirt is a great basic and it’s actually perfect to mix and match with almost everything. Yet, and because tops are still in need, sewing the Butterfly blouse was pretty obvious 🙂
Lately I’ve been letting my girl pick the fabric that I will be using and she loves to be able to actually have a “say” on the process (PS. I do cheat a bit, as she always gets to pick from a range of pre-selected prints … by me). For the Butterfly blouse, she “picked” a Liberty D’Anjo print (I only had 70 cm of this fabric but that was all I needed for this blouse).
My girl just turned 7, and I’ve been sewing her size 7 for most patterns. Nevertheless, for the “Butterfly outfit”, I used a size 6 for the skirt (based on her hip measurement) and size 7 for the blouse. I think the fir is great on her – there’s enough room in the skirt (I used a elasticated waist) and the blouse is just right to fit her thought the summer.
Oliver + S patterns run from 6 months to 12 years and are available in both digital and paper versions. I bought the 5-12 years pdf version and I believe I will get a lot of use from these 2 pieces.
For the Butterfly blouse I selected view A with ruffled sleeved and made a few minor mods to the original pattern: 1) cut the ruffled sleeves on the fold (no hemming) and 2) hand sew the neck facing and the armhole facings (less puckering). Other than this, I followed the pattern as instructed.
Usually, I’m not a huge fan of the peplum detail for little girls (it may be a bit too trendy for me), but this one is quite subtle: it has a soft gathering in the front (the back is plain) which makes it look rather delicate.
Again no “wild things” around here, just a very happy girl (and mama) ❤
PS: I did sew a dress during KCW. I just need to take some modeled pictures before showing it here 😉
xo Ana Sofia