Thursday, April 24, 2014

Social Climber Badminton Top

A Badminton Top from the Oliver + S pattern and fabric is by Anna Maria Horner called Social Climber with a little bit of linen blend from Joanns (the teal fabric). I used two layers for the flutter "sleeves" with the under one being slightly longer than the other and the edges left raw. 
At first I didn't like it. In fact I made this many many months ago. In Germany. Like last September maybe! I thought the colors were too harsh and just didn't care for it. Now I love it. It's the frayed shorts and Emily's hair up and the relaxed look of it. It just looks so cute on her!  

um..yes her shirt is not hemmed...and yes I think I'm going to leave it like that. 
Unless you say it looks horrible?!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Rayon Challis Roller Skate Dress

An Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress unlined and in rayon. My inspiration dress is at the bottom from H&M. We have about 6 or 7 of them from H&M but they are a cotton challis. It's a beautiful drapey cotton that had me fooled. I really thought it was rayon. Anyway, I found ONE rayon challis at Joanns. Everything else was crepy or silky or really ugly. I searched two Joanns and finally found this one. It's not a great print but I was anxious to try this dress out. The Roller Skate dress pattern was the closest I could find to the style of the H&M dress. The H&M dress has pockets, cap sleeves and the elastic at the waist is actually at the waist. But this is close don't you think?

 I didn't line the dress like the pattern calls for but instead I made bias trim for the neck and arm holes. And I added a little opening in the back (I omitted the back seam and cut the fabric on the fold). I made a size 7 and added about 3" to the length. Emily is almost 9 and the 7 is a little loose on her tiny frame.

Below are a couple of the H&M inspirations. 
Cute right?? The girls love to wear them and it's nice and cool for spring/summer

Friday, April 11, 2014

Double Gauze Hippo Top

Another Simplicity 2193 Double Gauze Top. Here is the 1st one. They both are getting lots of wear here in wonderful weather California:) If you've not felt Double Gauze before let me tell you, it's lovely. Super lightweight and soft. It's two pieces of gauze sewn together or something like that. Perfect for summer. I again lined only the bodice in batiste and no interfacing. It makes it perfectly stable. The hippo fabric is by Kokka.
This is the 1st thing I sewed the minute I could get in my sewing room and sew! 
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