this outfit is pure summer in oregon, 80s style – the way i remember it.
french braids, tan skin, play clothes, and bare feet. days were spent outside with my sisters and the neighbor kids – running through sprinklers, bike riding, and sometimes my mom would make a jug of kool-aid to drink on the back deck. you know, to beat the thirsties.
today i’m posting over at the Oliver + S blog with what they call a “wardrobe edit,” where i list what i would make if i had all the time in the world, all the fabric budget in the world, and any oliver + s pattern to sew with. OH HOW I WISH!! i picked a few things for E, an outfit for O, and even something for baby C (who is such a fun little fella these days – sleeping through the night and giggling is the BEST). it was fun to pull together – check it out!
at a certain point while writing the wardrobe edit post, i got a bee in my bonnet to MAKE one of the things – i guess to show i’m serious or something. so here it is…look number 1 from the wardrobe edit post…the chartreuse + moonlit playtime dress!
somehow i had missed this butterfly print in the initial cotton + steel hullabaloo and only came across it recently on Miss Matatabi. it’s quiet but oh man is it beautiful. it’s from moonlit by Rashida Coleman-Hale – i got it at Modern Domestic, you can get it here. Continue reading
it’s summer kids clothes week! and i have definitely been sewing. i’ve probably logged about 7 or 8 hours since sunday, but it’s one of those “secret projects” that i can’t show you yet, and sewing has taken precedence over blogging because DEADLINES. i’m actually pattern testing two new Oliver + S fall patterns! it’s very exciting, but high stakes, meticulous sewing.
and of course, all i can show you are super close up photos that show nothing, really.
i know. super annoying of me. i got to sew with some pretty amazing cotton + steel fabric (first time i’d seen any in person – it lives up to the hype) aaaaand some pretty frustrating super-stretchy waffle knit. i did learn a few new tricks to get the knit to behave itself that i’ll talk about when i can post about what i made, so that’s good. always nice to add new skillz to the mix.
so as of 11:30pm tonight my pattern testing garments are sewn, and now i can move onto sewing a few things my kids need to round out the summer. both big kids are taking swim lessons i’ve got to make E another swimsuit (her first one has been getting heavy use). plus both she and O need shorts!
this season’s KCW has a “kid art” theme, and the kids had a great time painting on fabric which i’ll also show you soon – but for now, i’ve got to get some sleep! sleep is always the first thing to go during KCW.
no wait. laundry is.
no wait. my laundry is rarely under control. who am i kidding?
you guys! this the first oliver + s dress i’ve sewn since march! how did that happen?
oh yeah, i got all selfish with my sewing and stuff. haha. anyway, man it felt good to sew this dress for E. she’s getting tall and lanky and i’ve had to start cleaning things out of her closet that she still tries to wear even though they’re waaaay too small – dresses that fit her like shirts, mostly. Continue reading
did you see that oliver + s has a new free pattern out? they seem to have a tradition of great summertime free patterns – lazy days skirt, popover sundress, bucket hat, and now…sunny day shorts!
it’s a basic, no-frills shorts pattern but the kicker is it has front, back, and waistband pieces which makes it super easy to customize. as part of my ongoing contributor gig for them, i did a tutorial on how to add front pockets, a drawstring waistband, and frayed hem for a casual, day at the beach look. Continue reading