Toddler swingset skirt (Oliver + S pattern)

Another skirt! As you can tell, I’m going through a skirt phase. My little boy has been spared so far but his luck may run out soon.

Today’s skirt is made with a Oliver + S pattern. I’m quickly falling in love with these patterns, they caught my eye a while ago and while I didn’t think much of them there was something that just kept on taking me back to them, so I started looking for photos of finished projects and I finally saw just how beautiful they are. They’re simple designs, not complicated and difficult to make like some other big brands, easy to make yet have those little details that make them just great.

I made the swingset skirt (the pattern comes as a set with a tunic, which I may make soon since it looks like it’d look good even over a long sleeved top in winter). It’s a pretty simple skirt, I think the way the waist is made, it has elastic – drawstring – elastic, really gives it an edge and makes it fall beautifully. It is fully lined, which I was a bit unsure about at first but it actually works very well.

Without further ado, here’s the skirt!

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It’s great. I love the way it hangs and how it flows, and also how it looks feminine but without restricting her movements at all, so she can get on with what really matters!

Oliver + S swingset skirt


Friday night skirt – for me!

Over the past couple of years I’ve made (both knitted and sewn) so many clothes and little things for my children that I totally neglected myself. This was due to a number of reasons, children’s clothes are cuter (that’s a fact), they take less time and fabric to make, there are less lumps and bumps to accommodate and last but not least my shape has changed so much between pregnancy – postpartum body – pregnancy again that I knew it wasn’t really worth making something that would fit me only for a couple of months or so.

Simplicity 2451

I lost almost a stone in the past couple of months and my wardrobe desperately needs an update, so it seemed like the right time to get going again – and for once I don’t fear having to measure myself to pick the right size! I have quite a few projects in mind but I must remember that I only have limited spare time (and funds to buy pretty fabrics) so I’d best not get too excited.

First proper project, a linen skirt! I’d like to wear skirts more often so I guess the first thing to do would be to have a few. I used the Simplicity 2451 pattern, I wanted something fairly simple and this seemed to do the trick although I was very tempted by the Simplicity 1717 pattern, I think I may try that too soon.

The fabric is a pale blue linen I picked up from Ditto Fabrics, their shop is quite close to my house so I pass by there quite often, how tempting!

Pale blue linen fabric

Simplicity 2451 D

I don’t really have any complaints about the pattern. I did the view D, it was only a few pieces so quite quick to cut, instructions were ok – a bit confusing as there was a bit of back and forth between the steps for the different views – and it only took me an evening to sew up (ok, I still have to hem it, but that doesn’t really count!).

I’m quite pleased with it. It’s a tad short but not too much, the only thing that needs working on is the zip as it sticks out a bit at the base but I think it’s one of those things that is only glaringly noticeable to me. I may get round it by putting it on the side rather than the back next time!  I will also need to give up on it not having crinkles, I forgot how evil linen can be.

Simplicity 2451 D

I will make it again, very soon in fact. I had one of my babywearing wraps shortened last month and I have enough leftover fabric to make a skrit with it! I’m debating using this pattern or the other skirt pattern I mentioned above, either way I’m really looking forward to it!

Lenny Lamb Cherry Lace

Sunday night project: top and skirt toddler set

I had a productive weekend for once (amazing what you can accomplish when you stop wasting all your time on facebook, pinterest & co!), I’ve started sewing again at last and I’m so engrossed in it I have to make a huge effort not to buy tons of fabric! So many pretty things out there… but I’m being good and only buying a little bit at a time, and try to stick to only one or two projects at a time.

A friend mentioned Craftsy, I had heard of it before but didn’t think much of it. How wrong was I! It’s awesome, I’ve been on it for a week and I’m already addicted. Classes, patterns, other people’s projects to look at… I only wish there was a forum too (or maybe there is one and I’ve missed it?). This is my page/profile, though there’s nothing yet as I haven’t had the time to add anything. Will do soon.

I got an email shortly after joining with a hefty discount on my next purchase so I took the plunge and enrolled in a Beginner Serging class, or overlocker for us living across the pond. I will report later on how it’s going, I really look forward to learning to use my overlocker a bit better!

Back to yesterday’s project. I made a top with the Fishsticks Designs Charlie Tee & Hoodie pattern, it’s a great easy pattern which I’ve used a lot both for hoodies and tops.
Lillestoff Vikings blue fabricI haven’t used a pattern for the skirt, it was simply two rectangles around 20″x9″, sewn up the sides and gathered the top (it needed quite a bit of gathering!), while the waistband was a 19″x5″ strip of ribbing – I measured this to fit my 2.5 year old, her waist is about 20″ – folded over and stitched on.

The main fabric is an oldish Lillestoff print, the stripey one is some jersey I picked up in the sale from a local fabric shop over the weekend. I looove Lillestoff, if only it was a bit less expensive! But it’s soft, good quality and the prettiest designs, I will probably get more soon, I especially like the Vikings print…

Without further ado, here’s the set!



I hope to get a better action shot when we’re out this afternoon! So so pleased with it – which is unlike me as I’m usually very picky and unhappy about things I make just after I’ve finished them.