Oliver and S Puppet Show

And onto the next dress for the next sister. This is for little Eva, aged two. I loved having the excuse to make a dinky little dress like this since I wasn’t sewing for Elsa when she was this delightfully small. She has now outgrown the Oliver and S Puppet Show pattern so I feel like I’ve got a better money’s worth having used it another time.

I was heartened by managing the Birthday Party pattern so reckoned I would be OK with this one too. I was also inspired by this dress and this to make it in a solid colour. Not my usual style AT ALL but just as a nod to my colourful leanings I went for a hyacinth purple and teamed it with lime green. Oh yes. I love the modern fresh look with an more traditional style dress, I think it really funks it up. Some people might exchange a consonant in there I’m sure.

I sure hope the little girl it’s aimed at likes it, anyway. She has a gorgeous olive complexion and I think she will look stunning. Anyway on with the dress:












It looks a bit bleached out because it’s SOO sunny today. Honestly it’s a really deep purple. I love the curved line over the front of the dress and thought it might get lost in a solid colour so highlighted it with a lime green decorative stitch. Not getting lost now that’s for sure.


























Here’s the arm detail. I like the lime green buttons. I just forgot to buy enough of them for the back so I’ll get those next week. Sigh. I bound the cuff seam with bias binding to make it nice and soft on little arms. Oh, and I handstitched the lining in, too, and of course more french seams.













Look how lucky I am. These awesome labels were my present for Christmas from my other half. I have them in green, purple and dark brown. Can’t wait to put more of them in!

Pattern: Oliver and S Puppet Show Dress
Embroidery: Stickdatein
Fabric: Linen from Spotlight


A crisis of confidence?

A bit of a change in direction for me. I have a sneaking feeling that Elsa is less keen on the highly embellished Farbenmix look than I am so I’m trying to tone it down a little. Since I’ve been having a go at some of the Oliver and s patterns I’ve been looking at a lot of different blogs and flickr groups than my usual places and find that I do actually like some of what I see. Now I’m feeling very unsure about where I go from here. What is your preference?

Here’s the latest sewing- A class picnic blouse with added pocket at Elsa’s request and short sleeves. The sleeves were shortened as per instructions from Adelaide Lemonade here. The fabric is a really nice cotton poplin I got from Spotlight. I think it has a really Euro feel to the print. I teamed it with some puppet show shorts made in a cotton/linen mix from Spotlight also. I gained inspiration (very heavily) from the 3 hours past the edge of the world blog here for these. Instead of the usual gather on the pocket I added a pleat and a lace trim.














Patterns: Oliver and s Class picnic blouse and Puppet show shorts
Fabric/trim: Spotlight