Simple Sleeveless Top and Everyday Skirt

I love sleeveless tops. That’s all I ever wear in always sunny Singapore and so most of the time that’s what I sew for myself. This sleeveless top here is extra special because it’s a little bit fitted (on waist and hips) than most of my tank top patterns so I can tuck it in. I like that! It’s the Simple Sleeveless top pattern from the Learn to Sew with Lauren book that I got from my England trip last September.  I chose my size based on my measurements which is a 12 and it fits me just nice.

Top PatternSimple Sleeveless top pattern from the Learn to Sew with Lauren book

Fabric: A floral lawn fabric I bought in the Philippines 2 years ago.

Sizing: 12 – bust 36, waist 30, hips 40 (my hips measure 36 but I just used size 12 all the way)

Design Changes: Used french seams, made my own bias tape, used a smaller hem because I prefer a slighly longer top.

The Verdict: I love it. I can wear it with skirts and shorts so I’m happy. I’m currently cutting 2 more tops, one in dotted swiss and one in rayon challis.

Simple Sleeveless top and Everyday skirt

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I’ve made the Liesl + Co’s Everyday skirt before so this was an easy make. I used XS size this time but I think I like the size S’s fit better on me. Most of my tops have patterns so I made this in a plain fabric, a little boring but at least I can pair it with a lot of my tops.

Skirt Pattern: Liesl + Co’s Everyday skirt (made it before, here)

Fabric: Robert Kaufmann’s Brussels Washer in denim

Sizing: XS

Design Changes: Made a bigger hem because it was a bit too long.

The Verdict: I like that I can pair it with a lot of my tops. I’m planning to make a at least 2 more Everyday skirt. I’ll use a size S next time.

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Oliver + S Badminton dress

I’ve made the skort and top before, so making this dress was a bit faster (thankfully!). I trimmed my seam allowances at the yoke/facing too much though so I struggled edge stitching the yoke. Other than that, I still enjoyed making it. The muppet is into all things that are cats these days, thus the chosen fabric and so I can definitely say that she is in love with this dress. I asked her to try it on so I can snap some photos and she didn’t want to take it off anymore. I let her choose the ribbon as well, and of course she chose pink. Now that I look at it, I think the pink does add a nice pop of colour to the dress.

Pattern: Oliver + S Badminton skort, top + dress (made the skort once before, here and skort and top, here)

Fabric: Tiger Stripes in Blue – Hatbox – Alexia Abegg – Cotton + Steel quilting cotton fabric bought at my local online fabric shop The Laughing House for 16 dollars per yard / Yoke & sleeves: Solid navy blue voile bought at a fabric shop in Yangon / Ribbon: Pink with running white stitches bought in Hong Kong years ago

Sizing: 4

Design Changes: Nothing. Next time, I will add some length to the dress.

The Verdict: We love it. I’ll probably make a few more of these dresses. I think I need a break from all this sewing for muppet so next project will be for me. 🙂

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Oliver + S Badminton skort and top

Wow! That’s what I said when muppet first tried this skirt and top and on. I couldn’t believe I made something so pretty and quite complicated (for me). You see, I always stick with beginner patterns but I finally decided to try this Oliver + S Badminton skirt, top + dress (rated as 2 scissors). The top was quite fiddly especially attaching the ruffles to the yoke and it looked like a one big mess and so I avoided it for weeks and weeks. I finally decided to finish it during the long Chinese New Year holidays and I’m so glad I did. Luckily, she was wearing this outfit when we had a meal in the charming and rustic Joo Chiat so most of the photos were taken in front of the pretty (and closed due to the holidays) shophouses.

Pattern: Oliver + S Badminton skort, top + dress (made the skort once before, here)

Fabric: Navy blue with tiny white flowers 100% cotton bought at a fabric shop in Arab Street for 8 dollars per meter / Top: Solid teal voile bought at a fabric shop in Chinatown for 8 dollars per meter / Ribbon: Blue with running white stitches bought in Hong Kong years ago

Sizing: 4

Design Changes:

– Used the entire 60″ width of the fabric for the skirt to make it fuller
– Skipped the scallops for the skort
– Used french seams for the top
– Made the top’s hem smaller because originally (as in these photos), the top looked a bit short on her. Must be because of muppet’s big belly haha.

The Verdict: I love it! My paper pattern comes only until size 4 so I’m planning to make more of this. I’ll probably make the dress next. My daughter also loves it a lot, and it is not even pink!

PS This summary of Pattern/Fabric/Sizing/Design Changes/Verdict format was adapted from The Quirky Peach’s blog. I love her blog and I think this summary is much easier (and cleaner) to read.

Oliver + S Badminton skort and top

 

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Oliver + S Badminton skort and top

 

Oliver + S Badminton skort and top

We can see her belly when she raises her arms so I made the top a bit longer later on

 

 

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And that’s a wrap!

 

Oliver + S Badminton skort

If I only knew how cute this would turn out to be, I could have made this skort ages ago. The muppet looks like she’s wearing a skirt but underneath is a matching shorts. Perfect for the girl who is obsessed with skirts but loves to climb and jump and slide at the playground! The pattern is Badminton Skort by Oliver + S, and it was a treat to construct it. I followed the very clear and excellent instructions and the result was a lovely skort that muppet really likes to wear. I love the thick flat front waistband, the sweet scalloped hem, the elasticized back waistband (which reminds me of the Everyday skirt), and the very clever shorts. The seams were all overlocked and the insides look nice and neat. I made it in size 4 without modifications. The fabric by the way is from Sarah Jane’s Out to sea called Sea Flowers in blossom and it is so pretty. I got it from Pink Door Fabrics about a year ago, and now I regret just getting a yard of it. I’m in love with this pattern and I’m seriously planning on making at least 4 more skorts.

Oliver + S Badminon Skort

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Sunny day shorts

This was my first time to make shorts and boy I enjoyed making it! Sunny day shorts is a free pattern from Oliver + S and as usual, the instructions were excellent. The shorts turned out pretty cute too! I added the visible front pockets using Dana from MADE’s pocket pattern. I was looking for a pocket inspiration when I found these adorable shorts from Mend and Make New.  The main fabric is Robert Kaufmann’s Brussels Washer in denim, which unfortunately Muppet complains is a bit itchy. Hopefully, a few washes will soften it up. For the pockets, I used leftover Crystal Arrowhead Arizona fabric from April Rhodes.

I followed the Sunny day shorts tutorial which was really good, I even used the seam finishing they’ve used in the tutorial like Enclosed straight stitch finished seams for the side seams and Bound (with bias tape) seams for the crotch seams just for fun. It’s a size 4 for my 4-year-old and it’s a nice fit on her.

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Endless Summer Tunic #2

So I made another Endless Summer Tunic. This time, I used an Art Gallery voile named Floret Stains Mulberry by Katarina Rocella. This voile was light and silky and soft and a little bit sheer and very pretty, I loved it for this tunic. I used the enclosed straight seam finish seams that I found in Oliver+S blog for my middle seams both in front and back, I really like it especially for light fabrics like this voile. For the side seams, I was hoping to french seam them but I couldn’t figure out how to do it with in-seam pockets so in the end I just overlocked them.

Like my first tunic, I still made it using size 37″ which was the smallest size, and I still struggled attaching the yoke to the back main tunic. I just couldn’t figure out how to ease the yoke to the back tunic properly. So for my next project, I’ve decided to try the Oliver+S Ice cream dress. I love Oliver+S instructions so I think it can teach me a thing or two about yokes. I’m also not very happy with my front shoulder gathers, they look very uneven to me but all in all I love this tunic and I’ve been wearing it at least once a week since I made it.

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Birthday Sally dress

This is the dress I made for her when she turned 4 a few weeks back. I’ve made a Sally dress for her 1 year ago and it still looks very cute on her so I decided to just stick with a tried and tested pattern. It still took me a few hours to finish it because I’m slow but I didn’t do so much head scratching as I did with her first Sally. So I guess I’m improving hehe? The fabric is called Summer Ride in white from Sarah Jane’s Wee Wander line and it is so pretty. I got it from my usual online fabric shop The Laughing House, and I used just over 1 yard of it. For the bodice lining, I just used a soft white lawn I got sometime back in Yangon. I made it in Size 4 and I’ve cut the skirt part a bit longer but I forgot to make the pockets longer as well so they’re just a little bit low. She still puts all kinds of things in them so all is good.

Anyway, she loves it! Phew! And she wore it to school on her birthday!

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