Friday, June 18, 2010

Oliver + S pattern love

I finished the sketchbook shirt and shorts outfit for my oldest today. He's thrilled with it, and so am I.  he has asked me to sew all of his clothes from now on.  He has been wanting more mature looking clothes for a while and this pattern is exactly right for him. I made him size 7 and it's just right, he wore the shorts to school today.  I know it's mostly doll people reading, but there are a few sewing parents out there too. This pattern is wonderful!  I'm excited to try out the school days jacket and the sandbox pants next.  Doll people, rest assured I'll be working on another custom outfit next week.  I have no idea what it's going to be, but it's coming :)

Here are a few pictures of my little model. He likes to strike a pose, what a ham!

The shirt fabric is a lycra blend.  It's a bit stretchy so it's comfortable to wear, but difficult to sew.  My husband suggested I get the walking foot I've been thinking about for a while. What a difference that makes! How did I get by without one for so long?  The hem on this shirt is a narrow, double fold with lots of curves. There is not a single pucker or crease. It's wonderful! I love when a project comes out looking so nice.  It's very true that having the right tools makes all the difference.

Oops,  I still need to remove the basting stitches from the box pleat in the back.
 Striking a pose. I really love seeing him so happy to wear something I made for him.

I can see making a lot of these shirts in the future. The pattern goes up to size 12. It's a joy to make, even the hand sewing of the collar and all the buttons.  My youngest has declared he will not be wearing any outfits that match big brother so he's getting a Thomas the tank engine shirt and khaki shorts. Good to use up the Thomas fabric before long anyhow. Have a great weekend everyone!


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