If 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.
I’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.
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.
Lulu’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.
I love the yoke with gathers in the front and back and the slightly puffy sleeves.
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.
Now, where can I find a bird top for myself???