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


Sailboat sewing

Here’s my next pattern from Oliver +s. Another one scissor pattern so another easy one. I’ve only actually got one three sissor pattern so wondering how that will be.

I went for more red and turquoise but not so pleased with the results here. Just doesn’t look quite right to me. The fit of the clothes isn’t too hot either. The top is so slim fitting that she needs help getting it on and off so can see that’s going to be a barrier to wearing. Once it’s on it fits fine and I really like the neckline and the hem facing detail. Quick and easy to make too. Can see lots of opportunities to embellish and have fun with this pattern. The pants however are not grabbing me. I was expecting cute capris but they are so baggy they look shapeless. I went for a size 6 when she’s 5 1/2 so maybe they will look better next year. The age 5 seashore dress I made is only just big enough and I can see will probably not last the summer so wanted to be sure I got my money’s worth. I read somewhere on the net that the size ran small, too, but they must have been referring to the top I guess. For the time and effort I’d much rather make Farbenmix Nonita which has a similar waistline.

Oh, and I added some self drafted pockets.

The photos were the best I could get before she headed off to school with the remains of her breakfast dribbled down her front.

Pattern: Oliver + s Sailboat pants and top.
Fabric: Spotlight
Embroidery: Huups
Ribbon: Smilas world