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.



Farbenmix Leni

I was searching through Elsa’s drawers the other day and moved some of her short sleeved t shirts away as the weather has had a bit of a cold turn recently. I was surprised to see how few long sleeved tops she had. Thought I’d better churn another few out. Here’s the first – a Farbenmix leni in Stenzo/campan and stella. All from Crafty Mamas.

I got the pattern out thinking I would just turn the v neck into a crew neckline but then changed my mind again and decided to challenge myself. V necks scare me. I tell myself it’s because of the throw back, hairy chested, Brut adverts of the 70’s but really I’m just plain chicken to try something new.

So, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone. Why do I always do that? What in the world is wrong with comfort every now and again!















I managed it. Maybe a little crooked but not too bad for a first attempt. I feel pretty chuffed. (Not doing another one immediately, however)















I love the Stenzo flowers. I half considered making this a top for me. I tend to wear more boring stuff than this usually.















And can you see that litttle No Moa?! Can you?! Squeee! My very clever other half made the file the other night in a free downloadable embroidery software package called Stitch Era. How clever is he!


Here’s a closer image. This isn’t actually the finished one. The end result was much better but I grabbed the wrong file by mistake. Ooops. I was already stitching it by the time I realised. Full excitement coming up soon on the next project! The heart is a freebie, I believe from JUJU’s.

Here’s the neckline. See how it’s a bit squonky. Oh well.

Ribbons, trims and decorative stitches. Ahh. Now we are in the comfort zone….


Pattern: Farbenmix Leni
Embroidery: Juju’s and Made by Mick!
Ribbon: Farbenmix Roses


Farbenmix Vicki

The other pattern I scored from ARTig was FarbenmixVicki.
I’ve always loved this pattern – it’s so feminine yet practical.
I’m taken with both the blouse and the dress version. I could hardly decide which to make first. In the end we decided on the blouse and made it to go with the Kim pants from a few posts ago.

And a few modelled shots:

Fabric from Spotlight.
Pattern: Farbenmix Vicki
Embroidery: Huups, Leni Farbenfroh