Oliver + S Popover Sundress

I’m so behind blogging my finished makes. I think I made this dress last December and took photos last June (while on holiday so the dress needs a bit of ironing), finally blogging about it now in September. I used the free pattern Popover Sundress from Oliver + S, it’s a really easy one to make and again with Oliver + S, I enjoyed making it. The fabric is a pretty cotton voile from Spotlight I bought when I was just starting to sew. I added a white crochet ribbon underneath the yoke edge and added 6 inches to the front and back’s width to make the dress fuller.

Pattern: Oliver + S Popover Sundress

Fabric: less than 1 meter of cotton voile from Spotlight  / Ribbon: white crochet ribbon from Daiso

Sizing: 4, the yoke is a little too wide. It only fits her nicely now that she’s almost 5 years old

Construction Notes:

– Used french seams
– Added white lace underneath yoke
– Added 6 inches to the front and back’s width to make it fuller (the gathered dress was inspired by Carolyn and Katie‘s versions.)
– I think I added length as well but I can’t remember how much now since I made a long time ago (!)

The Verdict: It’s a pretty summer dress make, I have yet to make it using a quilting cotton but it’s perfect in voile.

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Oliver + S Popover Sundress

Oliver + S Popover Sundress

Oliver + S Popover Sundress

Oliver + S Popover Sundress

Oliver + S Onstage Tutu Skirt

Another free pattern! It’s the Onstage Tutu Skirt pattern from Oliver + S and I made it especially for the Swan Lake ballet we watched last weekend.  The skirt was really easy to make –  and I used the embroidered cotton’s pretty selvedge edge as hem so no hemming was done at all. It was my first time to use a tulle and I was surprised that it was quite easy to work with. This skirt was inspired by a pretty skirt I saw on Pinterest and so one afternoon I went to Chinatown and Spotlight to get the fabrics. 5 months later, I made the skirt :).

I followed the Onstage Tutu Skirt tutorial which was really good as usual. I used the entire 1 meter of the fabric as the width of the front skirt, and 1 meter for the back skirt to make it really twirly. I didn’t expect that she would love it because it wasn’t pink but she does. She’s already worn it twice and I only made it 5 days ago.

Pattern: Oliver + S Onstage Tutu Skirt

Fabric: 1 meter of light grey embroidered cotton from Chinatown, 8 dollars per meter / Tulle: 1/2 meter of black tulle from Spotlight, around 5 dollars

Sizing: Used an existing skirt to get this skirt’s length

Construction Notes:

– Used french seams although the seams got a bit thick because of the embroidered edge of the fabric
– Used the embroidered fabric’s selvedge edge as hem

The Verdict: We love it! The waistband which encloses the tulle so it won’t be itchy at the waist is very clever. And of course, she made me promise that her next tutu will be in pink!

Oliver + S Onstage Tutu Skirt

Oliver + S Onstage Tutu Skirt

Oliver + S Onstage Tutu Skirt

Oliver + S Onstage Tutu Skirt

Oliver + S Onstage Tutu Skirt

Oliver + S Onstage Tutu Skirt

Oliver + S Onstage Tutu Skirt

Oliver + S Onstage Tutu Skirt

Oliver + S Onstage Tutu Skirt

Oliver + S Onstage Tutu Skirt

Oliver + S Onstage Tutu Skirt

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. 🙂

Oliver + S Badminton dress

Oliver + S Badminton dress

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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

 

Oliver + S Badminton skort and top

 

Oliver + S Badminton skort and top

 

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

 

 

Oliver + S Badminton skort and top

 

Oliver + S Badminton skort and top

 

Oliver + S Badminton skort and top

 

Oliver + S Badminton skort and top

 

Oliver + S Badminton skort and top

 

Oliver + S Badminton skort and top

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

Oliver + S Badminon Skort

Oliver + S Badminon Skort

Oliver + S Badminon Skort

Oliver + S Badminon Skort

Oliver + S Badminon Skort

Oliver + S Badminon Skort

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Oliver + S Badminon Skort

Oliver + S Badminon Skort

Oliver + S Badminon Skort


Oliver + S Badminon Skort




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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Wee Wander skirts

I think Sarah Jane’s Wee Wander fabric collection is my favourite among all the fabrics out there. Too bad I can’t wear them. And so, I made muppet skirts out of these lovely fabrics. First up is Elegance & Elephant‘s Spin Skirt using Summer night lights in twilight border print. I got the fabric from The Laughing house fabric shop but sadly it’s now sold out. The Spin skirt had very good instructions and was quite easy to make, I just made it a bit longer so I don’t need to crop those trees in the border print. I also didn’t add the front ties because she can’t tie them yet, and instead of using the skirt width for her size which is a 4/5, I just used the entire fabric’s 1 yard width to make it spinnier. I bought this pattern last year when I saw Teresa’s pretty version, I can’t seem to find the Spin skirt anymore in E&E’s online shop though. I just realized I haven’t blogged for 3 months so I’m quite out of practice, I’ll just leave you with lots of photos :).

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She likes to play “sewing”

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I also made her and her friend Tessa matching Lazy days skirt, again using Wee Wander fabric called Glow friends in twilight. As you can see, they loved it!

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