Another Birdy Blouse

Happy Homemade Sew Chic Kids, Ribbon Tied Blouse c, Oliver + S Swingset SkirtIf you visit this blog much, you may recognize this wondrous bird fabric from its previous appearance a few days ago as an Oliver + S Class Picnic Blouse for Kiki.  Once that top was done, I just hadn’t had enough birds in my life — so I used every inch of what was left of the birds for a Ribbon Tied Blouse (pattern C) for Lulu from the very popular Japanese sewing book Happy Homemade Sew Chic Kids.

Happy Homemade Sew Chic Kids, Ribbon Tied Blouse c, Oliver + S Swingset SkirtI’ve sewn a ton from this book and am nowhere near finished with it.  I have made this blouse before in a fabulous Japanese fish print, and it sadly didn’t get much wear.  I think I passed it onto one of Kiki’s preschool friends so that it might get the wear it deserved.  I’m hoping that Lulu will sport this one all spring and summer, and maybe even next year as well.

Happy Homemade Sew Chic Kids, Ribbon Tied Blouse c, Oliver + S Swingset Skirt

On the bottom, Lulu is wearing her blue chambray Oliver + S Swingset Skirt.

This blouse is very simple to put together, especially after you’ve done it before.  It’s true that you do have to add in the seam allowances when tracing out your pattern, which is a pain in the butt, honestly.  But it’s really a small price to pay.  And now that I’ve added seam allowance many times before, it doesn’t seem like such a big deal.

Happy Homemade Sew Chic Kids, Ribbon Tied Blouse c, Oliver + S Swingset SkirtLulu’s measurements lie somewhere between a size 2 and size 4.  I tried on the size two dress I made for her two years ago from the same book, and it was a little snug in the chest, though wearable.  So I opted to go for a size 4, thinking there would be room to grow — which there definitely is.  But despite it’s extra blousy-ness in the size 4, I think this kid can pull it off.

Happy Homemade Sew Chic Kids, Ribbon Tied Blouse c, Oliver + S Swingset Skirt

I love the yoke with gathers in the front and back and the slightly puffy sleeves.

Happy Homemade Sew Chic Kids, Ribbon Tied Blouse c, Oliver + S Swingset Skirt

I had just the right shade of blue solid cotton in my stash to make up the bias tape for the neckline.  I cut the bias strips 1 1/2″ wide, rather than the 1 1/4″ suggested in the pattern, so that it would fit just right in my bias tape maker.  No prob.

Happy Homemade Sew Chic Kids, Ribbon Tied Blouse c, Oliver + S Swingset Skirt

Now, where can I find a bird top for myself???

Happy Homemade Sew Chic Kids, Ribbon Tied Blouse c, Oliver + S Swingset Skirt

Aprons for Villagers

Oliver + S, Little Things to Sew, Bias Trimmed Apron

Is it me, or is there something about kids in aprons that just feels right?  I can’t explain it, but it’s true.

Oliver + S, Little Things to Sew, Bias Trimmed Apron

I’ve been wanting to make my girls Bias Trimmed Aprons from the Oliver + S book Little Things to Sew for ages.  Kids Clothes Week, which wraps up today, was just the thing to make me deliver.

Oliver + S, Little Things to Sew, Bias Trimmed Apron

I knew that there was a high likelihood that the aprons would go into heavy rotation right away, as Kiki and Lulu both love to play “Villagers” all the time — which is a game that came from an idea planted by Sofia the First.  (If you have a kid in your life who’s in the preschool/kindergarten set, you may know that Sofia starts out as a “girl in the village doin’ alright and became a princess overnight . . . now gotta figure out how to do it right . . . you know the rest.  So it follows that we must play Villagers.)  As everyone knows, Villagers wear aprons.  Kiki and Lulu have been making do with the cooking sort that came with their play kitchen.  But these aprons . . . these are authentic Villager all the way!!!!

Oliver + S, Little Things to Sew, Bias Trimmed Apron

True to form, Lulu was mostly unimpressed.  But Kiki — Kiki loves her apron more than words can say.  So far, she’s worn it to school, swimming lessons, out to lunch and to a birthday party, all within the two days that she’s had it.  It’s enough to bring a tear to the eye of a sewing mama.

Oliver + S, Little Things to Sew, Bias Trimmed Apron

I’ve been trying to be a good citizen and sew exclusively from my stash for a while.  We recently put carpet in our basement, where my sewing set-up is, which precipitated a big reorganization of the fabric stash and a shocking realization of just how much I’ve accumulated over the past few years.  Both of these aprons came from that stash.

Oliver + S, Little Things to Sew, Bias Trimmed Apron

Lulu’s apron is made from fabric leftover from crib sheets, bedspreads, quilts and curtains for Kiki’s bedroom.  I bought tons of extra just in case, and am now trying to find ways of using it.  It’s from the Meadowsweet line by Sandi Henderson for Michael Miller.  It’s from a bunch of years ago and might still be found on Etsy — but it’s mostly gone by now.  Despite seeing it everyday in Kiki’s room for the past five (almost six), I still just love it!!!

Both girls got mediums — meant for ages 3-6.  Somehow, it fits them both just fine!

Oliver + S, Little Things to Sew, Bias Trimmed Apron

Kiki’s apron is made from fabric that I saw online somewhere as someone’s Geranium Dress a year or so ago.  I hunted it down and bought a couple of yards and haven’t used it until now.  The selvage tells me that it’s Tiny Leaf Garland from Adorn It.  I think it’s just perfect for this project — and happily, I have plenty leftover for something else.  Since the print is non-directional, I was able to squeak this apron out of very little fabric.

The pockets are Robert Kaufman Chambray.

Oliver + S, Little Things to Sew, Bias Trimmed Apron

About the pattern . . . it’s very simple to put together.  But I’m not going to lie.  It’s a shit load of bias tape, people.  If you’re not a fan of applying bias tape, this isn’t the apron for you.  But I kind of like it in a twisted sort of way, so it was fun for me 🙂

Oliver + S, Little Things to Sew, Bias Trimmed Apron

True confession — when it comes to double fold bias binding, I’ve recently gotten into the nasty habit of just sandwiching it over the raw edge and sewing it once, instead of unfolding the bias tape and sewing raw edges together on the wrong side, flipping it over, and topstitching.  This is an evil shortcut.  I tried it with apron #1, which happened to be Kiki’s.

Oliver + S, Little Things to Sew, Bias Trimmed Apron

It didn’t end up looking as professional as I had hoped.  The stitching is kind of uneven, and I had to go back and restitch places where the tape had slid off.  Not cool.  A light bulb went off in my thick skull and I wondered if applying the bias tape in the correct way would solve these issues.

The plus side of sewing two versions of the same pattern is that you get a do over right away.  So for Lulu’s apron, I went all out and sewed the bias tape with the proper two step method.  Low and behold, it came out so much better.  And wouldn’t you know, in the end it took less time.  Lesson learned.

Oliver + S, Little Things to Sew, Bias Trimmed Apron

Just so you know, I used store bought red 1/4″ double fold bias tape for Kiki’s apron (which was fine), but made my own bias tape with my always awesome Clover bias tape maker  for Lulu’s to match the orange butterflies exactly.  If you don’t have one of these handy tools, get one!

Oliver + S, Little Things to Sew, Bias Trimmed Apron

I also ended up getting a Dritz Easy Attacher Kit to help with applying the snaps, as I’ve had trouble with this in the past.  I was looking for the Snap Setter, which is recommended by Oliver + S, but only found the Dritz version at Joann’s and decided to take a chance (since it was Kids Clothes Week and I didn’t want to wait for shipping).  It was definitely worth the $7 it cost and made hammering on those snaps a breeze.

Oliver + S, Little Things to Sew, Bias Trimmed Apron

If your kid is up for a good game of Villager, you’d best get cracking on one of these aprons!

Oliver + S, Little Things to Sew, Bias Trimmed Apron

 

 

 

Thinking Spring — A Class Picnic Blouse

Oliver + S, Class Picnic Blouse, Swingset Skirt, Michael Miller Flutter

It’s Kids Clothes Week time again — the perfect occasion to break out that fab fabric that’s been sitting in the stash and fire up an old favorite.

Oliver + S, Class Picnic Blouse, Swingset Skirt, Michael Miller Flutter

We need a little spring around here, so I decided to cut into this wonderful Birdies in Sky from Michael Miller’s Flutter line and put together an Oliver + S Class Picnic Blouse.

Oliver + S, Class Picnic Blouse, Swingset Skirt, Michael Miller Flutter

This is my third go at this pattern, so I had a pretty good idea of how it would come together.  I cut a size 5 width and size 6 length for Kiki, who’ll be turning six in May (what???).  The fit is superb — no big surprise there.

The only tweak I made to the pattern is the addition of the piping on the front and back.  (I neglected to take a good photo of the back — but it’s exactly the same as the front, the neck is just cut a bit higher back there.)  It’s pre-made piping that happened to be the exact shade of blue I wanted and was already sitting on my desk.  Hooray!

I did try it on Kiki to adjust the elastic on the shoulders before sewing it in — it’s a good thing to do if you can swing it.

Oliver + S, Class Picnic Blouse, Swingset Skirt, Michael Miller Flutter

The skirt Kiki is wearing is an Oliver + S Swingset Skirt that I made recently but never blogged.  I figured the blogging world has seen enough blue chambray Swingset Skirts over the last few years.  But here is is anyway.

Oliver + S, Class Picnic Blouse, Swingset Skirt, Michael Miller Flutter

To make it clear which side is the back, I hand stitched a little felt heart in the spot where one would normally find a tag.  This was an afterthought, and I had to stitch very carefully to be keep the thread going through the yoke facing only.  Next time, I’ll stitch one of these onto the facing piece before sewing the yoke together.

Oliver + S, Class Picnic Blouse, Swingset Skirt, Michael Miller Flutter

I’m happy to say that I have enough of this perfect fabric to whip something up for Lulu.  Springtime . . . here we come (I hope!)

Oliver + S, Class Picnic Blouse, Swingset Skirt, Michael Miller Flutter