we’re full swing ahead into summer here! today it might have hit 65 degrees. ;) and poor c had to model yet another summer outfit in the cold. but at least her mean mama waited until the rain stopped before she made her go outside in a tank, shorts, and sandals.
i present the oliver + s badminton top… which i plowed through the other night. maybe a little too quickly:
oops. that’s some ugly business there! actually, i did spend a few hours sewing this top. :) but i’m definitely not proud of how the inside of the yoke looks on this one. but you know? i’m calling it good enough, because it looks great on the outside!
this top is one that i thought would come together super quickly, but i was wrong wrong wrong! okay, it wasn’t that hard or anything. but it was fiddly. the yoke and top together look like a big hot mess before you sew the yoke since you have about a gazillion ruffles (and thus lots of gathering stitches), two yoke pieces, and arm ruffles. it’s not really that bad. and maybe instead of pushing through at 9pm i should have stopped and sewn the yoke on in the morning. yeah, next time. right.
i think this top runs a little big and short. i made a 3t, which is normally perfect for c in o+s patterns, but this one came out kind of big. c can still wear it, but it would have been better in a size 2t. c is at the tail end of the height measurements for the 3t, and i added 3 inches to the length as the pattern just looked short. (normally i add about an inch in length).
i used a lightweight japanese quilting cotton i picked up at cool cottons, not realizing how hard it was going to be to photograph! the contrast fabric is a michael miller cotton couture, which is lovely, lovely stuff. one of the great things about this pattern is that it requires so little fabric- just a half yard of the main fabric, and i had no trouble getting the contrast fabric from a quarter yard cut (the pattern calls for a half yard).
in case you can’t tell, i got a song and dance while i was taking photos. and then came “mom. i REALLY need to go to the bathroom!”
she didn’t take the outfit off for the rest of the day (and asked to wear it to camp tomorrow), so i guess it was a hit!
ps- i was a slacker blogger and didn’t respond to comments from my last post. but thanks for your kind words about the shorts especially! home/handmade looking or not, they are going to get a TON of wear this summer, and a duplicate pair may be in the works. one of my favorite things about the puppet show shorts is that they are modest- the binding around the legs is just enough to keep the unders from showing but loose enough that they are comfortable. and c loves them because a) they are shorts and b) they have pockets. perfect!