Summer Picnic Blouse/Dress
This pattern has a major malfunction. I had to work really hard to make it work! The problem is that right bodice piece. It's funky! I had to alter the pattern piece a lot to make it work. If enough people are having trouble making this fit I can do a little step by step or something. I think for thin people it probably looks just fine. Second problem is the front skirt piece has a curve on the top which turns into a poof which would be PERFECT for someone with a little baby bump under there. But since I do not have that, nor do I want to look as if I do... I will have to alter that if I make it again. Ok... well, even though I had problems and had to do a bunch to fix it, I get tons of compliments when I wear it!
Oliver + S Sketchbook Shirt
Purl Soho Tie
As opposed to the picnic dress, these patterns are AWESOME!!!! The Oliver + S patterns are just great! The way the yoke is constructed is GENIUS! The collar construction is pretty cool too, though I think I prefer a traditional collar stand.
The ties are addictive!! In the last couple of weeks I made four ties for Ethan and two for Mary's son Nikolas. The pattern and tutorial can be found here. I have to admit that I did not really use the instructions. If you know me at all you know I still hate hand sewing. And this pattern is completely hand sewn! Yuck! So I just did it my own way and they worked out fine. Not heirloom or anything, but good enough for a little boy!
I am so happy with these shirts and ties! He is absolutely adorable in them!!