A Liberty Badminton Top and Swingset Skirt

Happy Bloggiversary to me!  Is that even a thing?  Just over a year ago I started this blog.  I guess technically I started it a year before, but I didn’t actually write anything.  I had the idea and never had the time.  Then I decided to actually make the time.  That’s something I know we are all lacking.  I haven’t been writing as much lately because it’s summer.  I have a whole line up of things I’ve made that I have yet to get photos of.  I haven’t been sewing as much lately either.  I really need to get my butt in gear because I’m really hoping to make most of the kids’ fall wardrobe.  I must admit, as much as I love sewing, I also love sleeping.  And going to bed “reasonably” early has been on the agenda lately.

So anyway, back to my “bloggiversary”.  I was hoping to write about everything I made.  Turns out that’s impossible.  So, I’m writing about what I can, when I can.  I started this blog for myself.  Something that I can always go back to look at.  To document my kids growing up in terms of what I sewed for them.  I think I’m staying true to that.  Enough about that.  Onto the goods.

My husband and I went to New York City in May to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary.  It was a quick weekend away from the kids.  We had a great time.  Great food, great entertainment, awesome shopping (mostly for the kids) and FABRIC!  We spend most of Friday shopping for fabric.  And that is where I purchased my first Liberty of London fabrics.  Swoon!  The florals are just so pretty.  The only problem?  Price.  These might be the most expensive fabrics I have every purchased.  And I got a lot of them.  I don’t know whether it was smart or “not so” smart, but I bought a bunch of 1/2 yard cuts.  It seemed like a great idea.  Now that I am trying to find things I can make for Maya with 1/2 yard cuts is proving to be more difficult than I originally thought.  But it’s not impossible.  I purchased all of my Liberty Art Fabrics at Purl Soho.

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Inside

Inside

Swoon worthy.  I think this is ALL the Liberty I bought.

Swoon worthy. I think this is ALL the Liberty I bought.

I started with the Badminton Top from Oliver and S.  This is a super sweet summer top.  Nothing too fancy.  And not too complicated either.  I made Maya a size 4 and though it fits her, I wish I had made it a couple of inches longer.  This will fit her this summer and that is it.  Which is really too bad, because it’s really quite cute.

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This fabric is Betsy for Liberty Fabrics.  The accent fabric is a blue shot cotton I’ve had for some time.

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Tummy

The skirt is the Swingset Skirt from Oliver and S.  I love this pattern!  It’s such a simple skirt to make.  It is really swingy and is lined.  It doesn’t take any time at all to make.  There are three casings.  Two for elastic and one for a drawstring.

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The skirt is the same blue shot cotton and though it looks great right after it’s been ironed, it wrinkles like crazy.  I knew that going into it, and for this skirt I think it works.  Especially since it is lined.  I lined it in a super soft batiste I picked up at Fabricland.

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Look at that.  A swingset skirt, on the swing set.

I’m sad that this pattern only goes to a 5.  I really wish Liesl would re-release it in a higher size range.  I could probably increase it myself, but I’m not a pattern designer and I would hate to mess it up.  I think I’ll be able to lengthen it without worrying about the waist for a couple years though.  So at least I’ll “probably” get another couple of years out of this pattern.  I just love this skirt so much.

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Happy Monday!

Happy Monday!