Sewing Projects Oliver and S Classic Picnic Blouse and Sunday Brunch Skirt

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Whilst dressmaking is a relatively new obsession of mine, I have set myself a goal to sew the bulk of Miss O’s winter wardrobe this year. And with Mr L back at school after summer holidays I have finally been able to reclaim nap time as sewing time!

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The Oliver and S Classic Picnic blouse is one of my favourite patterns, a dream to a dream to sew and the perfect mix of practical yet pretty perfect for the fashion conscious toddler. I altered the pattern slightly by lengthening the sleeves from 3/4 to full length, though otherwise stuck to the pattern. Sewn in a lovely quilting cotton I picked up from Spotlight, with a complementary lace added at the base of the yoke. I used a blue linen suiting to bind the armhole seams and finished off the arm and side seams with a pinked edge.

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Though this is the first time I have sewn the Sunday brunch skirt I am sure it will not be the last! I love this pattern. Easy to sew with gorgeous little details, it even looks good inside out! I sewed this skirt using a beautiful soft blue linen suiting I again picked up at Spotlight, using the quilting cotton I used for the blouse to make the pockets and for the bias bound seams. It’s the little details that make this skirt really special, the pop of fabric at the pocket, the delicate red top stitching, the bound seams and the kick pleat at the back. And whilst the bound seams added time and effort I’m glad it’s a step I didn’t skip. Now where is winter?

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