Butterfly Blouse and a Swingset Skirt

I haven’t been in a very “bloggy” mood recently.  Mostly because I don’t seem to have time.  Or the energy to do so.  It’s not for lack of sewing though, that’s for sure.

I set out in the later parts of winter to sew much of Maya’s summer wardrobe.  This is just one of those outfits that I’m particularly happy with.  I think I made it back in February or March, but seeing as we didn’t get spring weather till a couple of weeks ago, this is the first time she’s actually worn it.

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The top is the Butterfly blouse by Oliver and S in a Liberty of London Tana Lawn that I purchased in from B and J Fabrics in New York City on a (sort of) recent trip.  It’s a straight up size 5 and fits beautifully.  There are flutter sleeves which I love.  This top is super cute and really quick to put together.  Like usual, I learned something new while sewing yet another Oliver and S pattern.  I hadn’t made a thread chain button loop before.  I was intimidated at the idea, and I actually left the shirt in a bag hanging in my sewing room for about a month before I actually attempted it.  But a little googling and YouTube-ing came to the rescue.  Turns out thread chains are really easy and quick to make.

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The skirt is the Swing Set skirt, also by Oliver and S in a pink Yarn Dyed cotton-linen from Purl Soho (also in New York City).  I could live in that store.  It’s so very, very awesome.  This skirt is a size 5 length and a size 4 width.  This skirt is a quick sew, complete with lining, a drawstring waist as well as elastic.  To make it even quicker, I decided to skip the three rows of casings that would normally house the drawstring and elastics, and instead made it a single casing for a 3/4″ elastic.  Super fast, and still super cute.

Bunny is part of our family. She is very well loved.

Bunny is part of our family. She is very well loved.

 

I’ve made at least 7 of these skirts in the past couple of years.  It’s my go-to pattern for skirts.  It’s such a fantastic pattern for such a great skirt.  It used to only go up to size 5.  I’m so happy that it has been released all the way to size 12 now.  It’s a twirly-girly kind of skirt.  The perfect skirt for my twirly girl.

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Hopefully I’m back again soon.

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Sharing ice cream.

Sharing ice cream.  I just love how much they love each other (usually, anyway).  :)

 

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!