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.
What does this have to do with swingset skirts? Absolutely nothing except that she happened to be wearing one when we snapped the photos. Last weekend my mission was to make two Oliver & S swingset skirts. The first is a basic chambray. I used the 12-18 month pattern for both, but I made the chambray skirt a little smaller in the waist and cut an inch off the length. It fits her great now.
The second is made with Lotta Jansdotter Olavi in Rosey Cheeks. I have some matching fabric that I’m planning to eventually use for an ice cream shirt. This one is still pretty big on her but that’s what I was aiming for.
These skirts took me a lot longer than anticipated, but it worth the extra time. I love that the skirt is lined and there are no exposed seams. The casing for the elastic and drawstring takes a while, as does the tiny hem on the skirt and lining, but those are the details that set it aside from a basic skirt.