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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Paisley Picnic

My youngest niece turned 1 this summer, so it was time to get sewing.  I wanted to sew something that would work this summer and fall, but I didn't have a lot of spare time.  I flipped through my pattern stash and decided to make an Oliver+S Class Picnic tunic and a pair of Playtime Leggings.

Having made both of these patterns many times before, I knew they ran on the larger side for the smallest sizes. My niece is a peanut, so I sewed her the 6-12 month size for both.  I lengthened the Class Picnic by 4" to make it a tunic/dress, and lengthened the leggings about an inch to leave room for growth.


The Class Picnic is made of the last of a gorgeous cotton lawn left over from a maxi dress I sewed for Z last year (man, I wish I had more of this stuff to make myself a top!).  It has a gorgeous hand, and I love the colors.  I accidentally sewed the yokes on inside-out (you are supposed to sew the right side of the inner yoke to the wrong side of the bodice, but I sewed it to the right side of the bodice).  As a result, the understitching is visible on the right side of the garment.  I had already trimmed the seam allowance, so, since the fabric's print obscures the understitching, I decided not to undo it.  I've made this mistake before though - I really need to remember to reference the pattern when I sew this.

The pattern instructs you to adjust the shoulder elastic after trying the garment on the wearer - as I wasn't able to do this, I trolled the O+S message board and decided to cut my elastics to 4.5" each.

The leggings are made of the last of a bit of lovely thick 10 oz cotton jersey left over from a tshirt I made my husband this spring.  I cut the waist elastic to 18.5".

Nothing left to say about these.  


  1. Paisley fabric reminds me of the 60s. Love yours - in the lawn it would be lovely and light.

  2. I have such a soft spot in my heart for Paisley. I find it to be such a pretty pattern. Love that fabric, and love that top!

  3. Cute! Those leggings are so teeny- how do you even get the presser foot in there?!

    1. I know, tiny, right! I just kind of stretch the part I'm not sewing to the sides and stop every few stitches to readjust.

  4. That fabric is so fun! Great print :)


  5. Great combo and perfect for an active little toddler! I love the Class Picnic top, and this fabric is lovely and will be perfect for at least three seasons, maybe four!

  6. Oh my goodness, these are adorable!!! Great combo :)


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