When you’re a busy mom of crazy little kids, who likes to get some sewing done on the side, one of the best qualities you can find in a pattern is a balance between simple and special. The instructions and drafting quality need to be great, the project relatively quick to sew, and the final product needs an extra sprinkle of special. This is one of the reasons the Swingset skirt from Oliver + S has been one of my favorites. The sketchbook shorts pattern is like that for me too.
I’m joining in on the fun at the Oliver + S blog for a swingset skirt sewalong, and made my 6 year old a special double gauze version of this adorable skirt. You can see my initial write up here on their blog.
What I love about the swingset skirt is that it has a lot of drape and twirl because of its circular shape, and the waistband is kind of special with its channels and skinny elastic and drawstring.
Of course practically anything is special if you sew it in Nani Iro double gauze.
Things get really extra special when your model throws a tantrum because her little sister wants to join in on two of the photos.
And then your fun little photo shoot quickly goes into dangerous territory. The sullen face before the storm kind of thing.
And you know that it’s probably doomed, so you suggest she just twirl so you at least can’t see her frown anymore.
I still need to blog this sweater Clover is wearing, but it was too dirty to get good pictures of this time. It’s a really cute newish pattern from Hey June called the Hatteras hoodie. There are several views, this one being the hoodless one with a high low hem and twisted side seams. I added a ballerina stencil to it to please my little ballerina girl. I’ve made one other version of this pattern for Violet that I blogged, and one for Hawthorne that I haven’t. It’s pretty epic though. I designed my own Chewbacca stencil. Gah!
Here’s a little peek
But then she a.) tries to twirl while holding a cane umbrella and falls over and b.) twirls into her little sister who was standing off frame and then screams hysterically at her like it was Violet’s fault. Then I let the currently pleasant sister take over the modeling job.
At least they usually trade the job of being psycho and unreasonable back and forth instead of doing it together.
A super sweet skirt on a super sweet girl. Aside from the extra fabric consumption with the half circle skirt, I can’t see why I’d ever make another simple skirt with a different pattern. I just love it.
My fabrics are nani Iro double gauze. which I’m pretty sure I bought ages ago at Finch Sewing Studio. And the lining is an old organic sheet I had in my stash, which I just used to make Clover’s Elsa cape.
The swingset skirt is now available as and Oliver + S single, which means a reduced price from the original full pattern.
I was given the new version of the pattern by O+S, but actually already owned and used the original pattern a lot. In full disclosure, I bought the pattern for the swingset tank, but ended up loving the skirt instead. The tank turned out really cute, but was the only annoying sewing experience I’ve ever had with an o+s pattern. It’s one of the older ones in their collection though, and I think the instructions and finishing got better as time went on.
As always, if you get the paper version, you’ll get a top quality product, and the PDF version is done really well too. I’ve had some swear-worthy PDF assembly experiences with sewing patterns, but they seem to always get it right at o+S!
Head over to the Oliver and S site to read about the swingset sew along happening, which I’ll be judging at the end along with my fellow panelists.
And since you’re still here, I’ll share a little extra bit of news. hehehe……
we just found out we’re having another boy!