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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Dotted Chambray Class Picnic

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!


  1. What an awesome dress! This pattern was not looking familiar to me, but man, what a great one! Love this!

  2. What a sweet top. I really like the dotted fabric. It's sad when kids grow out of your favourite patterns - but it's a good excuse to buy new ones. And yes, I always notice mistakes in my blog photos! Even worse, I once found a safety-pin sewn into an elastic casing on one of R's skirts after she'd been wearing it for over a year...

  3. So darling! Making tiny girl dresses is the best :)

  4. Definitely one of my favorite O+S patterns! It's a simple sew, but very pretty and nicely finished, and adorable on! I definitely notice mistakes poring over blog photos sometimes - especially little hanging threads! Every time!!! I agree the sleeves on this are really tough to hem, especially in the baby sizes - I've done it by hand as well, or very very slowly from the inside on the machine.

    You've made me want to make this pattern again!

    1. it early is such a great pattern. Asa many times as I have sewn the top, though, I have never made the shorts. Maybe this summer!

    2. The shorts are awesome Masha and I bet the small size would fit your girls.

  5. Such a pretty dress! I also love the robe you made in your previous post...it looks super comfy.:)


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