I can’t believe I am sitting here at my computer on Christmas night, but the kids are sound asleep, I cleaned up after the tornado of gift opening and Christmas lunch eating and my husband and I even watched some tv. But instead of posting about our Christmas, I’m posting about sewing. But in the spirit of Christmas and the general holiday season, I wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas from my family to yours. Here is our Christmas photo of the kiddos this year. I just love it!
Like I said in my last post, I am really trying to start the New Year with a blog that is totally up to date and I am bound and determined to do that. But I figured with all of the festivities that come with Christmas time (we have 5 different family functions within a week so free time is at a premium) I would have to combine some things into a single post.
I love many different pattern designers, but as you may have guessed, my favourite by far is Liesl of Oliver and S. Her patterns are so timeless. Though I’m not a huge fan of the most recent patterns, but they may end up growing on me after I see what other people come up with. It’s unfortunate that Maya is wearing a size 4 at the moment because it means I’m going to have to start buying the next size grouping. There was a 50% off sale a couple of months ago on the paper patterns so I stocked up on the larger sizes. I bought a couple of new ones as well that I’ve really wanted to try.
Love when this type of mail arrives on my doorstep.
I’m going to start with the ruffled halter I made last summer. This is one of the free patterns and you can find it here. It is seriously one of the cutest tops I’ve made. I’m really hoping this will still fit Maya next summer, but I have serious doubts. I made this is a size 3T. The ruffles are cut on the bias so they hang really nicely, but if you are going to use a directional patterned fabric, just be aware of this. You can probably get away with cutting it on grain, but it may not lay as nicely. This went together really quickly. The edges of the ruffled tiers are left raw, there is some stitching to keep it from fraying too much, but I really like the look. At first I was a little leery, but then I reminded myself it was an Oliver and S pattern and just followed the directions. I’m certainly no fabric expert, I am still learning, but I believe because it was cut on the bias it doesn’t fray nearly as badly as it would had it been cut on grain. The fabric is called Gumball Dot from Lakehouse Dry Goods. I just love the bright colours of the polka dots.
My serious little girl
These photos were taken on my family’s farm. I love that, although we live in the city, my parents live only an hour away and the kiddos have the opportunity to visit quite often.
Next up is the Library Dress. I made view B without the collar and with 3/4 sleeves. This is a size 4. I made it in the summer with thoughts of the fall. I fell in love with this fabric when I saw it. We call it her 4 seasons dress because it has elements from all four seasons. It went together flawlessly and it was a really fun sew. I don’t love the full button closure on the back, but like usual, I used KAM snaps instead. The sad thing about this dress is that because it doesn’t twirl, getting Maya to wear it is a chore. I think she’s worn it twice. This dress looks a lot more complicated to make that it was. I love a challenge. I enjoyed making this dress so much, that I made another one for my little niece in a size 12 -18 months for her first birthday (was in September). I don’t have photos of either Maya or Emma in this dress which makes me sad, but hopefully one day I can convince Maya to wear it again and can sneak a quick photo of her in it.
Maya’s dress is made with Storybook Lane by Kelly Lee-Creel for Andover Fabrics.
My niece Emma’s is made with the same bunny fabric found in the lullaby layette I made here. It’s from the littlest line by Art Gallery fabrics.
I LOVE these bunnies so much.
The next dress I made was my very first attempt at sewing with knits. I knew I wanted to try knits and I figured that if anyone was going to teach me properly it would be from an Oliver and S pattern. So I dove in head first and made the hopscotch dress. I originally purchased this pattern to make the skirt because I loved Gail’s versions so much. But I’ve yet to actually make this skirt. I have the fabric to make it, but I just haven’t had the time. Instead I made the dress (view B). This is a size 4. I love this dress and how easy it was to put together. I find the v of the crossover in the neckline to be a little bulky, but it doesn’t seem to bother Maya. If I make this into a dress again I will add a couple inches to the length. I find it a little bit short to wear on it’s own, but paired with leggings it is absolutely adorable.
The fabric I used is coral poppies, a birch organic knit. This stuff is heavenly.
The next dress is another free pattern. It’s the popover sundress and you can find it here. It’s a very simple dress but is super cute. I just love the bias trim used for the shoulder straps and I also really like the yoke detail with the ric rac trim. I wanted to use yellow ric rac to go with the yellow bias, but in the moment I couldn’t find it in my mess of a sewing room. I found it right after I finished sewing the white trim in and I wasn’t about to rip it all out. I think the white is fine, but the yellow would have been nicer. I made this dress in a 5 and it is much too big. My idea was to make it for our Disney trip, but because she had so many other cute outfits and costumes to wear and that it was ginormous on her, she never did wear it. Why did I make a size 5 you ask? Because I wanted her to be able to wear it next summer and I figured she would wear a T-shirt under it in Florida. I think it’s still going to be quite big on her next summer, but she is growing like crazy so maybe it will end up fitting her.
The final Oliver and S pattern I’m going to share today is the Music Box Jumper. I bought this purple corduroy on sale in the summer and I immediately had visions of a cute jumper. This is another one that Maya likes, but doesn’t wear very often because it doesn’t twirl very much. She’s really in a twirling phase. I apologize for not having any photos of her in it either, but again, hopefully I can convince her to wear it and can snap a few photos of her in it. It was another straight forward sew thanks to Liesl’s fantastic instructions. I made view B. I really like the pleats in view A, but I figured the corduroy probably wouldn’t behave very nicely if I tried to pleat it. I FINALLY used something fun to line a dress! That never happens. The lining fabric is “crazy love” by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit fabrics. I also sewed all the buttonholes and stayed away from snaps and they all lined up, too! I was pretty impressed with myself. I just love the pop of colour the fuchsia buttons give to an otherwise simple jumper.
So there you have it, a bunch more Oliver and S patterns. I have another one up my sleeve, but it will have to wait till I go through our Christmas photos.
Hopefully I can stay on top of things in the New Year. I’m going to try to come up with a list of patterns I definitely want to try this coming year along with the fabric I hope to use. I’m really going to try to sew my
stash hoard of fabric this year and really try to limit the new fabrics I buy. I have so much fabric and really not enough time to sew through it all.