I seem to have a new thing for making skirts in twos. A few weeks ago, I made these swingset skirts, and last weekend I finished these two skirts, made from the Oliver + S Sailboat Skirt pattern. I’ve made the pants before so I knew what I was getting into. It’s a really easy pattern. The hardest part for me is making the buttonholes. I use my automatic buttonhole foot, but there is inevitably some mistake that requires ripping out a buttonhole and starting over.The first skirt is made with some lovely strawberry fabric I found at a garage sale a month or so ago. This would be adorable with a matching Sunday Brunch jacket.The second skirt was made with a stretch denim also from my garage sale fabric finds. I used blue and white buttons on this to give it a real sailboat look. I love the kickpleat detail on the back.I made these in 12-18 months and they are still way too big for my 14 month old, but should fit her just right by the end of the year. These skirts are a great use for small pieces of fabric and scraps left over. The main skirt takes very little fabric and you could use some small scraps for a contrasting side panel, like this one made by Girl Like the Sea.
Why did I wait until the end of summer to buy this pattern and start making these short?I love all the different options in this pattern. I started with the flat front with pocket version, using some of my garage sale fabric finds. I decided at the very last minute to add the pink piping. It was the first time I made piping myself and was surprised how easy it is. Why didn’t I do that sooner? The Kid Shorts pattern by MADE was very easy to follow, and I like the way it is set up so that you can go on to her website and find the tutorials for different versions of the shorts. This is definitely a pattern I will be using often, especially since Texas summers seem to last well into December these days.
Back in 2010, Austin hotelier Liz Lambert’s girlfriend spray painted the side of her building to cheer her up because she was having a bad day. What a beautiful gesture. She had no idea how much of an icon those 5 little words would become. So simple, but so powerful. If you walk by the wall on any given weekend, you’ll see a steady stream of locals and tourists lining up for their postcards and Instagram photos. If you don’t believe me, do a quick search for “I love you so much Austin” in google image and see what pops up.
Being up at the crack of dawn with a toddler has its benefits, and being first in line at the garage sale is one of them. I found a mix of vintage and new(er) fabrics, or at least that’s what I think. Some of them are nicer than others but there’s a lot of yardage here. This whole pile of denim and chambray was $1, and there’s about 10 yards total.I think this modern sheer fabric would make a nice washi tunic. And this sweet strawberry fabric needs a special vintage pattern.Now I have a lot of sewing to do.
Houndstooth is one of my favorite patterns for textiles, and it also happens to be the name of my favorite coffee shop.
This lime green houndstooth by Patty Young was destined to become a reversible wrap top, a free pattern and tutorial from Craftiness is Not Optional. I was low on this fabric so I had to piece together two scraps to make one of the front pieces. I used the pink bias trim to hide the seam. It ended up being an unintentional but welcome addition.
The reverse side is made with Wildwood Sprout by Erin McMorris. This pattern was really easy to follow. I love that there are no exposed seams. Everything is hidden. It’s definitely on the small side. I made the 12-24 month size and it fits my 13 month old perfectly now, and she’s always on the small side of a pattern range. Most of her 6-12 month clothes are fitting her perfectly right now. As you can see, a little houndstooth gives my girl confidence. She’s walking around like she owns the place (can you hear Michael Jackson’s Bad playing in the background?). The next time I make this pattern (there will definitely be a next time) I will make the sides a bit wider, and I might make it tie in the back. The inside ties make it a bit bulky, especially the way I did them with bias tape. Or maybe I’ll try a snap or button closure instead of a tie. Or maybe I’ll just make it with a lining and eliminate the inside ties instead of making it reversible.
I got excited when I saw this fabric by Rebecca Bischoff.
It’s polka dots made into polka dots. I haven’t made anything for myself in a very long while, and this fabric just looked right for a washi. I’ve been following Made by Rae’s Washi pattern for a while, and I’m late to the game but I’ve been admiring all the beautiful washis on the Washi Dress Photo Pool for a while now.As suggested by Rae’s pattern, I made a trial muslin bodice first to check the fit. I was surprised that it seemed fit just right. Yay.
This Saturday started with a Proper Breakfast followed by a walk through the park in a swingset tunic and seersucker shorts.A proper breakfast definitely calls for some seersucker shorts.Although I made this outfit over a month ago, we’ve had a lot of houseguests lately and this was the first chance I had to take photographs.The shirt is the Oliver + S Swingset Tunic pattern. I followed it precisely, as I tend to do the first time I sew with a new pattern. The only adjustment I made was using matching bias tape at the hem.This pattern took longer than I would have liked due to all the top stitching around tiny curves, but it makes a beautiful finished garment. I used David Walker’s Flock of Birds in Navy and a basic white lawn.
The shorts are made with the Oliver + S Puppet Show pattern in navy seersucker. I’m a big fan of the Kaufman seersucker. It’s lightweight and breathes well, and even more important, it comes out of the dryer unwrinkled.Both Oliver + S patterns were a pleasure to sew with (as always). One of the things I love about their patterns is how well they are drafted. All the lines and boxes really do make a difference, and their instructions never keep you wondering.
And the Proper Breakfast was great – simple breakfast food with quality ingredients.