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


Ottobre shorts

I’ve been squirreling away a few Ottobre mags as I find them for sale but not had the guts to try much from them as yet. All those lines just seem so intimidating and the instructions so, well, brief. However it’s hard to find good patterns for older boys anywhere else and Lucas needs some new shorts for summer. We had a rummage through the mags and narrowed it down but when I looked closer at the instructions I had some major palpitations! There were so many firsts for me on this patterns I could hardly count them all.
1. Belt loops.
2. Boys opening fly.
3.Don’t even know the technical word for the type of side pocket!
4.Blindstitch hem.
5.Welt back pockets.

Can I just say that again. Louder. WELT back pockets. Now I could have chickened out and just sewn on some other type of pockets but he had his heart set on this rather loud denim stripe and welt pockets seemed like a pretty good idea. Until about 11pm that night of course.

Pattern: Ottobre 3/10 # 36 Combo bermudas
Fabric: Locally bought striped denim.