Although my girls are sizing out of my original Oliver+S pattern stash, I am lucky to have two baby nieces to sew for. When deciding what to make my one-year-old niece, P, for Christmas, I remembered that I had really enjoyed making Class Picnics in the past. I also had four yards of Lisette chambray in the stash. P lives in a warm climate, so this is a seasonally appropriate sew, too.
I sewed up the 12-18 month size. As I was cutting, I decided to extend the blouse into a dress. I don't even remember how much length I added. Proportions look about right though.
When I got to the part where you hem the sleeves, I realized that I had never actually been successful hemming the sleeves of this blouse (the pattern calls for a 1.5" hem). The first time I made the blouse, I hemmed the sleeves by hand. On subsequent makes (six of them), I hemmed the sleeves flat, before sewing up the side seams. I really don't like how that looks, though, so this time around I went looking for a better way. I took a gander at the O+S discussion forums and found a suggestion to hem the sleeve from the inside. I tried it. Still fiddly, but it did work!
After I took these pictures, I realized I'd forgotten to remove the gathering stitches.
I made a couple of quilting cotton rosettes and put one on an FOE headband. I've since learned that P may not keep a headband on her head. We'll see.
I fashioned an arrow-shaped tag out of some stash ribbon. I could have sewn it on a big straighter. Anyone else notice mistakes in their blog photos that they didn't notice on the live garment?
Anyway, I am very happy with how it turned out. Hope they like it!