yes, I do actually sew!

I’m finding it frighteningly hard to believe its been three whole weeks since Memorial Day; time is flying like crazy for us here this summer!  Hubbie, Humphrey and I headed to my hometown to celebrate this holiday harbinger of summer, and I decided to whip up a little outfit for my cousin’s daughter G to take with me.  I only get to see them four or five times a year, so I always like to come bearing gifts. 🙂  Here is the finished outfit (apologies on the bench background, we were camping and I had to get creative on photo locations):

I made up the Oliver + S Class Picnic shorts in a teal bengaline (which I used because I liked the color and also because I have a huge stash of it in many colors since fabric.com had a major sale on it last fall), and used a long-stashed quilting cotton print for contrast.  The smallest size in the pattern I had was a 5, and seeing as G is almost 4 I thought it wouldn’t be too far off.  Except I totally forgot *just* how skinny that girl is, and the shorts ended up being pretty big.  Oh well, kids grow and until then, elastic to the rescue!

Cinched up back view–love that little inside waistband surprise!

For the top, I really wanted to try out the free Ruffled Halter pattern offered on the Oliver + S blog–it looked so fun and breezy for summer!  The pattern includes sizes XS (18m/2T), S (3T–4T), M (5–6), L (7–8) and XL (10–12).  The instructions suggest using a light-medium weight cotton (such as quilting cotton, shirting or linen), however the only fabric I had in the right color was a drapey rayon (rayon challis, I think), and it worked pretty well–the top maybe had less ‘body’ than was intended for the pattern, but I liked the result.  This top goes together really quickly, comes out adorable, and the pattern is free–you really can’t go wrong!

These were my first Oliver + S projects, and sewing them cemented my utter love of this pattern line.  If you would like to read more of the nitty-gritty sewing details, you can read my pattern reviews here and here.  I’m currently working on another pair of the class picnic shorts as well as the class picnic top for my niece–sewing on those has been a little stop-and-go though because of my current near-compulsive drive to clean/organize my sewing room.  They’ll probably have to wait even longer to get finished, because I have two other projects that MUST get finished by Saturday–a birthday dress for my goddaughter and a ‘welcome baby’ gift for my friend E and two-week-old daughter who I’m flying to Cali to see this Sunday!  Ah, new baby visiting, yay!

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