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