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.



Summer Shorts

I feel so ashamed to be writing this as I have neglected this blog to the point of extinction. I must confess that I had been considering abandoning it altogether.

Life has been choatic, busy beyond belief and crazy. Something has had to give. Work, study and the kids had prority.  The need to sew and create came close on their heels but would have been the next thing to go. Housework was haphazard and rushed. The obvious thing to drop seemed to be the photographing and blogging. So dropped it was.

I still tried to keep up with my favourite sites and watching other people’s creations on flickr and Crafty Mamas but felt curiously more detached from it all without posting my own creations. Somehow I felt less involved without sharing myself.

Rest assured I continued to sew. Not as much, and often not as elaborate but I still sewed. I sometimes even photographed. Not very well I must say, looking at the photos just recently. But at least I still tried, thinking life may settle to the point where I could start posting here again.

Now the Christmas dust has settled, school has started back, the university papers are over and there is a semblance of routine in our lives again. Maybe I can sneek a little time here and there to process photos and post. This is still going to be one busy year. Lucas has just started High School and now travels the 35km into town and back each day. I still have over 250 hours of practical work to do for my diploma and Mick’s new business is busier than ever.

Enough. Here’s some of the shorts I made for Elsa’s summer wardrobe:

Ice cream shorts from Oliver and S. I’ve never been that sure about this pattern. But have loved the finished article. Such a clever pattern with a lovely finish. Elsa’s only regret is they don’t have pockets.

These are a soft light denim linied with a soft cotton shirting. I had real trouble getting the facing to sit right and made a bit of a hash of one side:

I was so upset with myself that I made another pair straight away to practice the technique:

These are a lovely silky feeling linen from the Fabric Store in Wellington I bought as an off cut. Just heavenly. The colour is a gorgeous purplish brown. Much happier with these facings! I think in future I might try inserting piping to keep that turnover even. Ever tried it?

Here’s the back showing the scrap of Nano Iro double guaze I used to line the waistband. Wow, this stuff is seriously addictive. I have as yet resisted buying any more but I can’t tell you how much willpower that has taken!

Here’s the two pairs together. ‘Fraid I haven’t got any modelled shots at all.

These have been well worn this summer. Such a worthwhile sew.

Pattern: Class picnic Shorts, Oliver and S




Oliver + s School Photo dress

I have to confess I made this entirely for my own gratification. It’s not really Elsa’s style and there’s only a little of Winter left so she didn’t really need another warm dress.

But there was this incredible dress on flickr that was featured on the Oliver + s blog with a tutorial so I was just itching to have a go. In fact I only bought this pattern to try this modifiction I though it was so amazing.

Now the dress is made I really do like the style and Elsa seems happy to wear it so maybe it was worth it after all.

I tried really hard on making the inside as lovely as the outside. I love the results and I think I’m now hooked! I hand sewed the arm lining to the bodice to hide the sleeve seam which is even above and beyond the oliver + s finish.

This is my invisible zipper insertion. I went to the shop to get the foot but baulked at paying over $80. I figured I’d find a way to do it. I did! Instead I used the embroidery foot #20 for my Bernina. I lined up the edge of the zip with the inside of the foot and moved the needle over a few notches so it landed just beside the the zipper teeth. The Oliver + s tip to iron the zipper flat before you start was really useful.

It took three trials and two zips before I figured this technique out.

Gosh the hangaroo pocket is fiddly. I guess that’s what I wanted to challenge myself with! This is a three scissor pattern after all.

Hope you don’t mind a few gratuitous shots of my girl. She was off from school sick today so I grabbed the opportunity for a photo shoot.

Anyway the inevitable has happened. Elsa has decided pink is no longer the only colour worth considering. I may have to have a garage sale for all the pink fabric in my stash!

She wore this dress to a birthday party last weekend. I was stoked she chose it. Well, and a little sad. It’s such a mature feeling dress. She’s growing up so fast.

She saved the best faces until last. She was very keen to put this last one on the blog but didn’t want to add the photo where she stuck her bum out to the camera!

I think she could be well enough to go to school tomorrow.

Pattern: Oliver + s School Photo dress
Fabric: Spotlight baby wale corduroy.