Do you think it will work? Bringing on spring, that is. I’m really hoping that by starting to sew some things for my kiddos spring wardrobes that I will summon spring upon us. I type this as I look out on our, I don’t know, 17 feet of snow! Why do I live here again? 😉 (Update: I typed this blog post up before I had photos of Maya in the top, we in fact, had above zero temperatures this week. Spring is in sight. Hopefully.)
I decided a little while ago that I would like to sew most of Maya’s spring and summer wardrobe. I have so many patterns in my collection that I’ve yet to sew and I figured starting with a spring wardrobe would be the perfect opportunity to make a dent in both my fabric stash as well as my PDF pattern stash.
I decided to start with the Oliver and S 2+2 blouse. I originally purchased this pattern after I saw Gail‘s 2+2 skirt for her little girl. I bought the pattern for the skirt and am now in love with the blouse. I love all the details that come standard with Oliver and S patterns. By now, if you’ve been reading along with me as I sew, you realize I have a not-so-secret love affair with Oliver and S patterns, and this one is no exception.
The front yoke is constructed in a way that was new to me. Liesl has you cut the centre down to a point, sew that together forming a placket/lining (not entirely sure what to call it) on the front bodice. It’s a really neat little trick. You get the look of a separate yoke, without it being separate. You then gather the centre bit and then sew it together to the top bit. Finally you attach the rectangular piece of fabric and tada! a really cute blouse is born.
Maya is almost 4. (I can’t believe I am saying that. Wasn’t she JUST born??) She is pretty much bang on size 4 in most sewing patterns I make for her. I wanted this top to be a bit long on her so she can wear it with leggings, since that is about all she will wear besides dresses, so I made it a 4 width with a 5 length.
The ONLY thing I don’t love about this top are all the buttons down the back. I didn’t feel like making button holes and I didn’t have any buttons to go with the fabric, but I did have snaps that went perfectly. Snaps are much simpler anyway. It’s not such a big deal right now for the buttons to be on the back, even though Maya is a very independent girl and can get dressed (mostly) by herself, she doesn’t mind asking for help when she needs it (usually). So the buttons are manageable. I’m not so sure for a bigger girl though, I know I don’t have “go go gadget arms” to reach to the back to do up all those buttons, so I imagine it would be pretty frustrating for a child to be unable to put this top on by herself, no matter how cute it looks. I would think frustration would win and this top may stay in the closet. We’ll see how it goes with Maya. Hopefully I can get a few more in before we reach that phase.
I used “Fashion Plate” fabric by Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup for Henry Glass Fabrics. (I think this fabric must be out of print because when I searched for it, I could only find it from a seller on etsy.) When I first saw this fabric I was taken back to a tunic Maya had when she was a baby. It was a top I bought at the Gap and she looked so stinkin’ cute in it. I knew I had to make her something with this fabric, it was just a matter of finding the “right” thing. I think I found it!
She still looks little right?
Notice that really pretty bedding that Maya is on. Yeah…she outgrew her toddler bed. So we converted it to a double (it was one of those crib to toddler to double beds), had the new mattress delivered, bought some new bedding and bam! she’s a big girl. Seriously though?! When did that happen??
I’ll be making more of these tops for Maya. Hopefully she’ll actually wear it. She’s really into a “twirly” dress phase right now and really doesn’t like much outside of that category. Here’s hoping.
Is it spring yet?
Is she 3? or 13?