For round #2 of the Super Online Sewing Match, the challenge was to create a girl's garment from the Oliver & S Roller Skate dress/tunic pattern.
The fabric is leftover from a previous project--gifts for a friend's children.
The great thing about sewing in this teeny tiny size is that almost any scrap will make something. The solid turquoise is a lightweight cotton eyelet underlined with white cotton batiste. The contrasting bands, neck facing, and bloomers are cut from cotton gingham. Oh what a satisfying feeling running cotton through the machine and steaming it at the ironing board. So relaxing.
I added a 1" bias strip at the waist into which I inserted elastic. I also added a contrasting hem band by cutting the bottom of the pattern and adding seam allowances--my approach to color blocking.
Well in my opinion, by the time you're wearing matching bloomers, a matching hairbow is not far behind. Mine is a modified Bow Hair Tie, a free Oliver & S pattern.
Thank you, sewmamasew.com for introducing me to the Oliver & S pattern company. What an adorable line of children's clothing patterns--so cute, but not too frilly.
What I Learned:
- I'd rather splurge on the more expensive "teaching" patterns from companies like O & S and Colette. My sewing time is too limited to be wasted on needlessly frustrating projects.
- As soon as I sewed the very last stitch, I knew I wanted to make another Roller Skate dress before the end of summer. The second version is the tunic length without the neck facing, sewn in stretch cotton sateen. More about that adventure in a previous post.
DJ Mary's Pick:
Gregory Porter's "Be Good" has been made into such a charming video. Check it out. All new jazz tunes need music videos!