Oliver+s 2+2 blouse and Clever Charlotte Finch shorts

In line with the ‘floaty pastel blouses and practical comfortable shorts’ theme I had going for Elsa’s imaginary summer wardrobe I made this set.

The 2+2 blouse I’ve wanted to make forever. It’s such a stylish, detailed and pretty design. And what better fabric to choose than Liesl Gibson’s own Lisette lawn and twill. On sale no less at Spotlight for $10NZ/metre.















Yellow is neither Elsa’s nor my favourite colour yet this buttery lemon colour appealed in the shop. Elsa was never so convinced, unfortunately and she’s only worn these a handful of times. I wish I had a blouse in this light soft lawn.
















Mother of pearl buttons and my first attempt at corded buttonholes. Like. A lot. Much less ‘homemade’ looking. You can just see a peek under one of the buttons. Have you tried them?


I tried SO HARD to pattern match with the shorts. I’m gutted that that middle, most obvious pattern is so far off. Grr. Do you have a special trick for this you would like to share with me? I turned the first cut piece upside down on top of the next fabric and matched up the pattern before cutting out. Is that what you do?

Patterns: oliver+s 2+2 blouse, Clever Charlotte Finch shorts, unlined.
Fabric: Lisette lawn/Twill.


Clever Charlotte Finch Top

As an experiment I bought some scraps of Nano Iro double guaze on Trademe ( the New Zealand equivalent of Ebay). They were a bit pricey given how little fabric was contained but I was curious to try some double guaze without going to the huge expense of importing it.

Needless to say it is dreamy to sew with. Frays like crazy and a total nightmare to unpick but so soft and light as air.













It co-ordinated really well with the brown/purple linen I used for the Class Picnic shorts.

I decided to make a Clever Charlotte Finch top since I’ve made the shorts a few times and Elsa is going to grow out of this pattern soon. How dare she turn 7! How on earth could that be!?

I couldn’t have made a more silly decision. The Finch top is reversible and even though I used some lovely sofy pink linen on the back, lining the double guaze lost all the ‘light as air’ qualities I was just raving about. Mistake number 1.
















I also realised after cutting out a few pieces that I actually didn’t have quite enough and ended up having to piece the front – hiding it with a ribbon. Mistake number 2.

I then tried to make a buttonhole which was different colours on each side. Mistake number 3.

I’m not suprised Elsa has never chosen to wear this top. I don’t think I would either if it was in my wardrobe. Insert unhappy icon here.


Oliver+s Ice cream blouse

Here’s the next instalment of things I made a few months ago! I feel a little guilty posting something I made ages ago but not quite sure why.

I had an grand ideas of making Elsa a gorgeous designer-esque co-ordinated summer wardrobe. It was going to be pastels with loose floaty blouses and basic solid coloured go-with-anything bottoms. I got a certain way towards that goal as you will see in the next few posts but it was a long way from the extensive mix and match closet I had in my head!

Oddly enough I have had ideas of making a co ordinated winter wardrobe dancing through my head recently so maybe I’ll never learn.

The first ‘loose floaty blouse’ I made was the Oliver+s Ice cream blouse. Based on Elsa’s measurements I went with a size 5 and a size 7 length. It fits but I think it looks like it’s a bit small on her and I wish I’d gone with a size 6 or even 7 width.

Here it is with the class picnic shorts I’ve already shown you:















And here with a Frothy skirt from Make It Perfect. It’s a bargain $3 PDF download but I discovered almost as soon as I bought it I had a very similar pattern in one of my underused Ottobre magazines. Oh well. Inspired by this dress on the Oliver+s blog I wanted to make it double layered with a floaty organza layer over cotton. I thought the bubble skirt would help with the issue of hating heming organza but not sure it works that well. The organza has a gold metallicsheen to it so Elsa likes it very much.















I did actually manage to get some modelled shots. She wearing it here with some 3/4 Laguna leggings made in a ridiculously thin cotton lycra knit. Not the best choice for leggings, unfortunately. Spray starch was my best friend. But talking about these I remembered I made a Hopscotch top in the same fabric which missed being photographed. It’ll probably have stains all down the front of it by now!


Looks like her ballet classes are paying off, eh?!

Patterns: Oliver+s Ice cream top, Oliver+s Class Picnic shorts, Make It Perfect Frothy Skirt.
Fabric: Spotlight Japanese Lawn, Denim, Polyester Organza/recycled bedsheet.